New York Daily News EXCLUSIVE: $78B Time Warner Cable deal tied to aid for poor by Ginger Adams Otis
A proposed $78.7 billion merger between Charter Communications and Time Warner Cable could get local support — if the big-bucks deal helps poor New Yorkers get more online access.
The state Public Service Commission that will decide the proposed merger’s fate is holding a public hearing Monday — and some elected officials are weighing in.
“We’ve got a second bite at bridging the digital divide in the Big Apple,” said City Councilman Ben Kallos (D-Manhattan).
Kallos, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and city Public Advocate Letitia James will back the merger if it gives $9.95 monthly broadband to low-income New Yorkers, as well as affordable computers with free training to the poorest city residents.
City officials say the merger must get the approval of the city franchise board as well as the PSC — giving local authorities some leverage.