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Spectrum Broadband Cable Internet vs. DSL
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What is DSL?
DSL stands for Digital Subscriber Line. DSL uses a sophisticated modulation scheme to pack Internet data into the same pair of copper wires that brings you your phone service. DSL is sometimes referred to as a last-mile technology because it is used only for connections from a telephone switching station to a home or office, not used between switching stations. DSL is also called an "always on" connection because it uses existing 2-wire copper telephone line connected to the premise and will not tie up your phone as a dial-up connection does. The DSL signal piggy backs on the copper telephone line not tieing up you phone line.  There is no need to dial in to your ISP as DSL is always on. The two main categories of DSL for home subscribers are called ADSL and SDSL.

What is Cable?
Cable Internet is a broadband Internet connection that is designed to operate through your TV service provider local cable by means of a digital modem.  The digital modem is provided for free from Charter.  Cable Internet works by using TV channel space for data transmission, with certain channels used for downstream transmission, and other channels for upstream transmission. Because the coaxial cable used by cable TV service provides much greater bandwidth than copper DSL telephone lines, a cable modem can be used to provide extremely fast access to the Internet. Because millions of homes are already wired for cable TV, Cable TV and Internet providers have made cable Internet service a better option for customers wanting a much higher speed Internet connection over DSL.  Add to this the fact that Charter comes in at a lower price than DSL makes it easy for customers to choose the best value.

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Charter Communications and Time Warner Cable Merge
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Charter is currently awaiting FCC approval for a $79 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable (including Bright House). The deal seems likely to be approved as New Charter is squarely in the public interest. The deal already received approval in NY as the state deemed that the deal would benefit its citizens greatly. As part of the approval process with the NYPSC, Charter made commitments regarding providing a minimum speed of 60 mbps as well as offering a speed of 300 mbps throughout the state by 2019, building out its networks to currently unserved residential and commercial areas in its footprint, and investing in and enhancing customer service.  

“I’m hopeful with all of these conditions, we really are going to be in a position that in the next several years we’re going to see all New Yorkers have access to well-priced, high-speed, modern Internet services,” said Audrey Zibelman, chair of the Public Service Commission.

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Charter’s Commitment to Online Video is Clear - No Buffering Needed
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Charter from GHN has always been a different from other cable companies, always committed to offering the most innovative products, faster speeds, an open internet, no modem rental fees or data caps, and superior customer service to our 5.4 million customers. The proposed transaction with Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks is exciting because it enables Charter and GHN to offer these benefits to even more American consumers.

Recently there has been allot of talk about the merger, and how it’s different from other mergers. Customers want to know what impact it will have on online video.

While some cable providers are focused on protecting traditional programming at the expense of online video and over the top (OTT) content, Charter does not have significant programming interests to protect and understand that our customers are using video programming differently than they were just five years ago.

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