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Charter Communications fallout: State regulators urged to tread lightly

But the digital divide between rural and more developed areas is real, said Susan Lerner, executive director of Common Cause New York, a statewide nonprofit watchdog for good government. “The resulting entity (from the Charter merger) is so large that they can just laugh at the state, and that’s exactly why the state has had to take the extreme position of revoking the merger,” said Lerner, who called on New York to regulate telecommunications companies as utilities. “Any new company that took over from Charter would be on notice that the state is proactive in holding the company to its obligation of extending service to consumers,” Lerner added.

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