FCC Accepts for Filing the Applications of Charter, Time Warner Cable, and Advance/Newhouse

Last Monday, the FCC released a Public Notice announcing that the FCC has accepted for filing the applications of Charter Communications, Time Warner Cable, and Advance/Newhouse Partnership for consent to transfer control of licenses and authorizations.  The proposed transaction would combine the control of Charter, Time Warner Cable, and Bright House Networks into a single company, referred to as New Charter.  According to the applicants, the merger is in the public interest and would result in the provision of improved broadband services for consumers, as well as edge providers.

The Commission will be issuing a subsequent Public Notice setting forth the pleading cycle, and once this cycle begins, the informal 180 day shot clock will also begin.

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