Charter CEO Apparently Unaware He Runs One Of The Most Despised Companies In America

from the ill-communication dept

As we recently noted, New York state was forced to take some pretty dramatic steps in its quest to hold Charter Spectrum accountable for terrible service and its failure to adhere to merger conditions affixed to its $79 billion union with Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks. The short version: the company was found to be repeatedly misleading regulators in terms of whether it was adhering to some relatively modest built out requirements affixed to the merger.

Under the deal, Charter was supposed to expand broadband to around 149,000 additional unserved homes across New York State. Charter not only failed to do that, the New York State Public Service Commission repeatedly found that the company was actively trying to mislead regulators in terms of how much of that work was actually completed. After ample warnings and $3 million in fines, the PSC last week took the unprecedented step of voting 4-0 to revoke the company's cable franchise in the state in a bid to force Charter to shape up or ship out.

Charter, for its part, is showing absolutely zero interest in doing so. In a letter to employees, Charter CEO Tom Rutledge stated that the company is gearing up for years of litigation. Litigation that will, apparently, not deter the company from continuing to pursue the company's nonexistent reputation for excellence:

"We intend to defend our rights to the fullest extent of the law and will pursue all avenues for overturning and preventing implementation of the New York Public Service Commission order. There may be years of litigation before we prove that we have done what we said we would. If we can’t settle this in the meantime, it is important that we continue to live up to our obligations and to perform well.

Charter continues to grow in New York State and across our footprint, providing our customers with world-class products and services. Our day-to-day focus on excellence and craftsmanship remains the same."

Charter is, as we've noted repeatedly, literally one of the least-liked companies in any industry in America. Customer Satisfaction surveys like the American Customer Satisfaction Index rate Charter worse than countless, notoriously terrible industries including the airline, banking, and insurance sectors. It even routinely ranks lower than even the IRS and other historically-maligned sectors of the American government. This terrible service is a major reason why New York State had already filed a seperate lawsuit against the company for routinely advertising services it fails to deliver.

That Charter is widely seen as a terrible company is, apparently, news to Rutledge, who on the company's earnings call with the media and analysts insisted that the nation's second-biggest cable company is generally quite well liked by its customers:

"To put it in perspective, we’re operating in 41 states, we have thousands of franchise agreements, and generally we have good relationship with the communities we serve," Rutledge added. "We live up to our commitments and we have in New York State; in fact we’re well ahead of our obligations in terms of speed upgrades and in the build-out itself."

Yes, "good relationships" like the one Charter enjoys in Lexington Kentucky, where city officials were forced to hold an unprecedented, emergency community meeting to discuss precisely what the city should do about the company's terrible and worsening service. And the clearly stellar relationships Rutledge forged when he, the highest paid executive in America in 2016, oversaw rate hikes as high as 35% in countless markets directly post merger. Check out this "good relationship," for example:

"It was bull crap,” Fitzgerald said. “They don’t give us any notice, they just spring it on us in the middle of the month. And then they tell us we’re getting an ‘upgrade.’ This isn’t an upgrade, it’s the same channels we already had!”

Rutledge is, of course, playing dumb here. He knows the company he runs is widely despised. He also knows, especially thanks to a growing monopoly over broadband, that angry consumers often have little to no recourse when it comes to terrible service. Outside of building their own local broadband networks, of course, something Charter lobbyists have ensured isn't an option thanks to protectionist laws passed in 21 states (hooray for empty lip service to free markets!) written by and lobbied for by incumbent ISPs.

Granted New York State isn't likely to kick Charter out of the state if the company simply settles and agrees to comply with merger conditions it already signed off on. Most legal wonks and consumer advocates I've spoken to think that's how this fight ends, especially should Charter struggle early to gain any legal traction.

But the company's hubris and tone deafness remains on pretty proud display, falsely-inflated courtesy of a Trump FCC that has made it clear it's a glorified rubber stamp for telecom monopoly bad ideas (like oh, killing net neutrality, consumer privacy protections, and downplaying competitive concerns). In the interim, the customers Charter has such a "good relationship" with continue to depart (another it lost another 57k cable TV customers last quarter) to cheaper streaming alternatives actually interested in giving consumers what they're asking for.


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    Ehud Gavron (profile), 2 Aug 2018 @ 3:10am

    ISPs

    Broadband providers are simply that... they are cable companies and telcos that ALSO provide Internet service.

    Still, Karl Bode insists on calling them ISPs.

    Sorry, Karl, us ISPs resent you lumping us all in because it's too difficult for you to tell the difference between the bad guys (LECs and Cable COs) and the good guys (independent ISPs).

    Readers: Next time you think "ISP" don't think "bad guy", think "good guy". Next time you see "cable company" or "telephone company" think "bad guy".

    If the distinction is confusing, you're with Karl. If it's pretty simple and you get it, Karl is on his own planet.

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      That One Guy (profile), 2 Aug 2018 @ 5:11am

      Re: ISPs

      Still, Karl Bode insists on calling them ISPs.

      Because it is a factually correct statement that if they're offering internet service they are an Internet Service Provider by definition. That they also do other stuff is irrelevant, they still fall into the category of ISPs.

      Readers: Next time you think "ISP" don't think "bad guy", think "good guy". Next time you see "cable company" or "telephone company" think "bad guy".

      So don't broadbrush ISP's, but do broadbrush cable and/or telephone companies, got it.

      If you're going to complain about one person doing something, it might help if you didn't turn around and do the very same thing in turn.

      If the distinction is confusing, you're with Karl. If it's pretty simple and you get it, Karl is on his own planet.

      Alternatively, to those that can understand context(like say the fact that 'ISP' is mentioned once in the article, and in a way and with a link such that it's really clear who's being referred to), there's no confusion at all.

      Seriously, stop assuming your potential and/or current customers are idiots, there's already more than enough of that on display by other companies.

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      PaulT (profile), 2 Aug 2018 @ 6:37am

      Re: ISPs

      Yes, Karl is on his own planet because he correctly refers to the parts of conglomerates that act as ISPs as ISPs. Not the guy who just went on a multi-paragraph rant about the way a term was used exactly once in an article.

      The context is clear from the article, and your ranting doesn't change the substance of it one bit..

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        Mason Wheeler (profile), 2 Aug 2018 @ 8:08am

        Re: Re: ISPs

        Don't feed the trolls. Just click the flag button and move on.

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          Scott Yates (profile), 2 Aug 2018 @ 8:17am

          Do feed the trolls

          The only way to effectively deal with trolls is not to ignore/flag them. Engage, and counteract with reason.

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            Thad (profile), 2 Aug 2018 @ 9:54am

            Re: Do feed the trolls

            Because that's worked so well up to this point.

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            Stephen T. Stone (profile), 2 Aug 2018 @ 11:26am

            Re: Do feed the trolls

            No, the only effective way of dealing with trolls is doling out consequences for their actions. Flagging them does nothing; retorts, even reasonable ones, do nothing. Our trolls here do not care if they get replies or not; being acknowledged is not their goal. Their goal is to say stupid bullshit and not face consequences for it; being ignored would give them what they want.

            The only legitimate way of getting rid of these trolls would be to ban them from posting comments. That would be an actual consequence, unlike our community-driven “look like we’re doing something” consequences (flagging, "reasonable" replies) that have no real impact and do nothing to drive trolls away. Until and unless that happens, Techdirt trolls will continue to troll, regardless of whether we reply to them. Flag them as necessary and respond to them however you like, but do not fool yourself into thinking you will win them over or chase them away. They are playing a “game” where they only have one way of losing.

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              Thad (profile), 2 Aug 2018 @ 11:57am

              Re: Re: Do feed the trolls

              While I agree with you on trolls in general, I think it's unfair to lump Ehud in with them. While he has been thoroughly obnoxious with this particular semantic nitpick, he's also often posted insightful and edifying things. (His first-person account of the feds seizing Backpage servers from the ISP where he works was a particular highlight; it came in second for Most Insightful the week he posted it.)

              I wish he'd quit responding with this same tirade every single time somebody uses "ISPs" in a way he doesn't like, and I sincerely hope he takes the hint that everybody is sick of it. But I don't think he's a troll. I think he's generally a good poster who occasionally makes a mistake, and this is one of those mistakes.

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                Stephen T. Stone (profile), 2 Aug 2018 @ 12:48pm

                My intent was not to lump him in with our usual trolls, but to talk in general about trolls and what they do. As I am fond of saying, however, “execution always overrides intent”. If I made it sound like I thought he was one of the usual trolls, I apologize for my fuck-up, and I will try to be more careful about that in the future.

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                That One Guy (profile), 2 Aug 2018 @ 3:54pm

                Re: Re: Re: Do feed the trolls

                Yeah, they've got a bit of an issue with the ISP thing, but other than that they've been a pretty good member of the community and contributor to discussions, so the 'troll' label definitely isn't warranted.

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                  Ehud Gavron (profile), 2 Aug 2018 @ 6:44pm

                  Heard.

                  Replying to the whole thread, and to all of you, and to Karl:

                  Heard.

                  I will refrain from bringing this up again.

                  I don't consider myself a troll. Trolls agitate for no particular purpose other than causing upheaval and angst. They don't further discussion, and detract from the topic. As I said I will refrain, this won't be a justification of my note... just that I don't see myself as a troll... and yes, I'm a regular TD reader just like the rest of (non-trolls, I guess), and a supporter (to the best of my ability), and a fanboi to the extent I tell everyone I know to read TD and often reference TD articles elsewhere.

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              Bergman (profile), 2 Aug 2018 @ 11:55pm

              Re: Re: Do feed the trolls

              I flagged your post, Stephen, because by your own logic, you should be banned. No matter what you say or how you say it, someone somewhere will object to it, and call it trolling or hate speech.

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                Stephen T. Stone (profile), 3 Aug 2018 @ 5:37am

                No matter what you say or how you say it, someone somewhere will object to it

                No, by my logic, only the people who act like daft cunts—whether they mean to or not—would get banned. I can offend someone without trying to intentionally derail a discussion/force a negative reaction/shit up the comments for the sake of “the lulz”. How many people can/did I offend with that usage of the word “cunt” a couple of sentences ago, after all? That was intentional usage, by the way, and it was done to prove a point: Saying offensive things is not, in and of itself, trolling. Arguing in bad faith or saying offensive bullshit just to get an emotional reaction out of people is trolling, and I rarely do that here. (I tend to go that low when the trolls come out to play; if you flag those comments, I have no complaints.)

                I try my best to discuss and argue in good faith, even if I am out of my depth. Assholes like “Hamilton” post here just to piss us off. If you cannot see the difference between the two, the responsibility for that issue falls upon you. I’m not the one acting like a daft cunt.

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                Thad (profile), 3 Aug 2018 @ 10:04am

                Re: Re: Re: Do feed the trolls

                No matter what you say or how you say it, someone somewhere will object to it, and call it trolling or hate speech.

                The difference is, some posters actually do troll and engage in hate speech, and some don't.

                Blue's constant screeching about how the flag button is censorship? Trolling. Chip's constant ranting about how all regulations are bad, and also he never said all regulations are bad? Trolling. That one guy who keeps ranting about the Jews? Hate speech.

                If you put Stephen in the same category as those trolls, then you're entitled to that opinion. And I'm entitled to the opinion that your opinion is fucking stupid.

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      Anonymous Coward, 2 Aug 2018 @ 9:29am

      Re: ISPs

      Sorry, Karl, us ISPs resent you lumping us all in because it's too difficult for you to tell the difference between the bad guys (LECs and Cable COs) and the good guys (independent ISPs).

      Which part of Karl's text are you talking about? The only reference to "ISP" or "internet service" I see is: "written by and lobbied for by incumbent ISPs"... and isn't that making almost the exact distinction you're asking for? Independent ISPs are not lumped into "incumbent ISPs".

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      Thad (profile), 2 Aug 2018 @ 9:53am

      Re: ISPs

      Sorry, Karl, us ISPs resent you lumping us all in because it's too difficult for you to tell the difference between the bad guys (LECs and Cable COs) and the good guys (independent ISPs).

      It's "we ISPs".

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    That One Guy (profile), 2 Aug 2018 @ 5:16am

    "You know, for reals this time."

    If we can’t settle this in the meantime, it is important that we continue to live up to our obligations and to perform well.

    There is just so much unintentional humor in this statement. They got the boot because they weren't living up to their obligations or performing well. You can't 'continue' to do something you're not currently doing.

    I get that he's not going to admit to offering crappy service and heading a company that people hate, but willful blindness or gross dishonesty of that level is almost impressive.

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      Anonymous Coward, 2 Aug 2018 @ 6:38am

      Re: "You know, for reals this time."

      He could mean his obligations to shareholders. Then yes, he has been living up to them by working hard to make more money for them.

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    David, 2 Aug 2018 @ 6:41am

    Talk about tone deaf.

    Our day-to-day focus on excellence and craftsmanship remains the same.

    Well, yes, that is the problem. In particular, after having made a deal to step it up.

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    Ninja (profile), 2 Aug 2018 @ 6:59am

    I'm trying to find my violin to play specially for Rutledge but I don't have my portable electron microscope with me :(

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    Jeremy Lyman (profile), 2 Aug 2018 @ 7:19am

    Litigate till service is great

    There may be years of litigation before we prove that we have done what we said we would.

    I'm not clear how it would take so long to prove what you've already done if it was anywhere close to as cut and dried as he tries to say. Unless litigation is a stalling tactic while you run around laying fiber you said was already lit.

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    Anonymous Coward, 2 Aug 2018 @ 7:36am

    Minion definitely oblivious that runs this motif WAY too often.

    Can you not find ONE other topic in a week? You have zero effect on Charter, only weary those expecting something resembling NEWS here. I'm sure Charter's CEO is entirely unwitting of your existence. Fanboys (assuming they're not zombies and/or using multiple accounts) have to make multiple comments to pretend it's of interest, yet again: why they help out your LAME choice of topic is ongoing mystery.

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      Anonymous Coward, 2 Aug 2018 @ 7:40am

      Re: Minion definitely oblivious that runs this motif WAY too often.

      Have you considered the possibility that perhaps he writes this articles so that some one other than the subject of the article can read it?

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      Anonymous Coward, 2 Aug 2018 @ 7:46am

      Re: Minion definitely oblivious that runs this motif WAY too often.

      You find the topic uninteresting - ok - but why does everyone else have to agree with your opinion?

      fyi: This is not a news website

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      PaulT (profile), 2 Aug 2018 @ 8:08am

      Re:

      No, the real ongoing mystery is why somebody who claims to hate this site wastes so much of his time reading and commenting on it.

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      Anonymous Coward, 2 Aug 2018 @ 8:09am

      Re: Minion definitely oblivious that runs this motif WAY too often.

      These articles do re-tread the points of the previous ones on this topic frequently.

      But remember, not every visitor reads every article. For you, if you've been reading them all, you'll recognize the same bits from the earlier ones. Cool - skim past them and look for the new aspects. That's what I do.

      For anyone who's just discovering the site, though, those points have not been read before, so the re-treading of them would be useful.

      You're free to dislike the repetitiveness of the article, of course, but just be aware that there is, in fact, a useful purpose to saying the same thing multiple times in multiple articles.

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      Ninja (profile), 2 Aug 2018 @ 8:25am

      Re: Minion definitely oblivious that runs this motif WAY too often.

      The magic algorithm. Seriously Mike, stop torturing people by FORCING them to read TD daily, relentlessly.

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      Stephen T. Stone (profile), 2 Aug 2018 @ 8:37am

      Can you not find ONE other topic in a week?

      Within the past week, Karl has submitted posts about SIM card hijacking, cord cutting (which is not specifically focused on Charter), false claims by Ajit Pai, and our POTUS throwing a temper tantrum about the FCC in re: the Sinclair situation. He has only submitted two stories about the Charter v. New York situation within that same time frame. What was that you were saying about different topics, again?

      why they help out your LAME choice of topic is ongoing mystery

      Give him a better topic, then. For all your childish complaining that does nothing to affect anything but your own immature emotional state, you offer no solutions for the issues you believe plague Techdirt. If you want to fix the “problem”, you have to do the work. Neither Karl, Mike, nor anyone else who writes for or comments on Techdirt can do the work for you, son.

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      Anonymous Coward, 2 Aug 2018 @ 8:53am

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      We know you're a Charter corporate fluffer, blue; you can wipe the cum off yor face.

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    Iggy, 2 Aug 2018 @ 8:27am

    Whats there to prove?

    "There may be years of litigation before we prove that we have done what we said we would"

    It's indisputable that Charter didn't do what they said they'd do before merger which is hook up 30,000 new customers per year. This is by their own admission.

    It's equally indisputable that Charter did exactly what they say'd they'd do under the new FCC which is completely disregard the earlier merger conditions.

    The company is guilty as charged!

    Why are corporations even allowed to sue states? A corporation is not a person and their only purpose is to advance the economy.

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      James Burkhardt (profile), 2 Aug 2018 @ 9:55am

      Re: Whats there to prove?

      Because corporations are owned by people, and the corporation is suing as a collection of people. The lawsuit wouldn't change if it listed every member of the board of directors, suing on behalf of the list of every stockholder, instead of just the corporate name.

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        Iggy, 2 Aug 2018 @ 10:45am

        Re: Re: Whats there to prove?

        Sounds like a good idea.

        Put the board of directors into orange jumpsuits for perjury, fraud, and obstruction of justice.

        Hit the CEOs and investors with fines for millions of instances of billing fraud.

        Have the company's political donations come out of the salaries of any willing employee or director. If the money is reimbursed by the company, throw the appropriate directors in jail for embezzlement or for being straw donors.

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          Anonymous Coward, 2 Aug 2018 @ 11:32am

          Re: Re: Re: Whats there to prove?

          Hit the CEOs and investors with fines for millions of instances of billing fraud.

          We do. Then the investors authorize the payment from their pooled assets known commonly as Charter Communications, according to the agreement which governs said pooled assets known as the Articles of Incorporation.

          Have the company's political donations come out of the salaries of any willing employee or director.

          First, the employees are not the group of people represented by the corporation, the shareholders are. Second, the political donations do come from the shareholder's "salary."

          If the money is reimbursed by the company

          Oops, and it looks like "the company" is now an independent legal entity again.

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          Sharur, 2 Aug 2018 @ 1:43pm

          Re: Re: Re: Whats there to prove?

          "If the money is reimbursed by the company, throw the appropriate directors in jail for embezzlement or for being straw donors."

          How is this embezzlement? Companies cover incurred costs and indemnify workers all the time. My company covers lunch once a week. ANY time you deal with a licensed and bonded company (for example most construction contractors, electricians, plumbers, etc), it indemnifies its workers for activities pursuant to their jobs. Embezzlement is "theft or misappropriation of funds placed in one's trust or belonging to one's employer". It is not theft or misappropriation if an authorized party reimburses them.

          How is this a straw donation? There are no donors here. The money comes from a) share holders, in exchange for a share of ownership in the company, b) loans, in exchange for promises to pay back the money with interest, c) customers, in exchange for goods and services. The money is the company's to use as they see fit (with the understanding from the shareholders that money is to be made, at least eventually). If the company spends this money lobbying (which does not need to include donations, by the way), so be it.

          I understand that you don't like corporate money in politics, but lets not twist laws away from what they are meant for. There's enough of that going on already. If you want to outlaw a behavior make a (new) law to do

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      Anonymous Coward, 2 Aug 2018 @ 10:30am

      Re: Whats there to prove?

      Don't you have to get permission before suing the government?

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    Berenerd (profile), 2 Aug 2018 @ 8:28am

    So, media companies like Chart have CEOs who live in the same world as Trump? We are getting closer to finding this place and sending them back home!

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      Anonymous Anonymous Coward (profile), 2 Aug 2018 @ 8:44am

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      I don't think Charter's CEO and Trump live in the same world. Charter's CEO thinks his company is doing a good job, and Trump thinks we need to present a picture ID to buy groceries. Neither of those is the same world, but then again, it's not our world either.

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    Ryunosuke (profile), 2 Aug 2018 @ 8:33am

    I see NY's plan, and i approve of it. Make it so costly for Charter (or any company that abuses it's state privileges) that it is no longer a sound business operation.

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    CrushU (profile), 2 Aug 2018 @ 9:43am

    Lying to Shareholders

    Isn't there something about not being allowed to lie about what you're doing to shareholders...?

    "To put it in perspective, we’re operating in 41 states, we have thousands of franchise agreements, and generally we have good relationship with the communities we serve," Rutledge added. "We live up to our commitments and we have in New York State; in fact we’re well ahead of our obligations in terms of speed upgrades and in the build-out itself."

    That sounds verifiably false, to me.

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      Anonymous Coward, 2 Aug 2018 @ 9:50am

      Re: Lying to Shareholders

      He specifically does not say what commitments he lives up to. He could mean to his board, the shareholders or to the intern he screamed at earlier that day.

      Either way it was a latter to the company, not a shareholder report or anything that is audited. IANAL, but I would not be surprised to find out even the CEO letters in shareholder reports are not subject to any truth requirements, just the financials.

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      Ehud Gavron (profile), 3 Aug 2018 @ 1:51pm

      Re: Lying to Shareholders

      If it's in the SEC reports, it's lying to shareholders.

      If it's in the news media it's just a quote in the wind.

      Look at their 10K and 10Qs. I doubt you'll find any language anywhere about how they are doing other than in the vaguest of terms.

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    Yes, I know I'm commenting anonymously, 2 Aug 2018 @ 9:50am

    truth..

    quote:

    and generally we have good relationship with the communities we serve,"

    He is not talking about consumers but communities. In his language communities means politicians (who are usually supposed to represent the consumers). I have no doubt the company actually has good relations with the politicians they bought.

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    ECA (profile), 2 Aug 2018 @ 12:44pm

    This is like being the ONLY farmer in the area..

    And only selling WHAT HE wants to grow..
    he has old equipment, and an old horse and can only get 1/2 his fields done..
    He has the money to Upgrade everything and hire a few people, BUT WONT.
    He bought up the old farms in the area to DO WHAT he wanted to do..and nothing more. As those other farmers were making abit of money with what they had. And he thought he could do the SAME if not more, because he has more land, now..

    Does he want to do more?? NOPE. Does he make money, YEP.. Can he make more money?? Probably.. Will he need to spend money?? yep..

    The corp has what it wanted, and didnt CREATE what is there, they are only collecting the Money for the service. THE STATE signed a contract, and if there is NO OUT CLAUSE, they can go suck a large Bull.
    To those that decided to deal with 1 corp...you are silly. you have no backup to WHAT is about to happen.
    The only way out is for everyone int he area to STOP USING what they are being fed. For the only reason is they are the ones PAYING FOR THIS, in the end. And the prices will keep going up the longer this KEEPS HAPPENING. If you take the money away so that the CONSUMER isnt paying for the LAWYERS...its going to COST THOSE ON TOP, what the lawyers want for payment.

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    stine, 2 Aug 2018 @ 2:21pm

    His words to stockholders

    "We live up to our commitments and we have in New York State; in fact we’re well ahead of our obligations in terms of speed upgrades and in the build-out itself."

    he said this on the earnings call with stockholders, so it must be accurate or the SEC will penalize the company, so if the company loses, sorry, when the company loses the NY court case, the SEC will be next in line for their pound of flesh.

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      ECA (profile), 2 Aug 2018 @ 3:41pm

      Re: His words to stockholders

      Love this idea..Which can/will take years.
      EASY part would be, GO OUT and look at the construction..
      GO FIND what they THINK they built..

      Iv heard about the UPDATES in NY, and they make me PROUD to be in rural areas..I get Faster more dependable access OUT in the boonies then a HIGH END STATE/CITY DOES..
      150mbps at $80 per month.. is REAL cheap compared..

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    Anonymous Coward, 2 Aug 2018 @ 3:13pm

    Our day-to-day focus on excellence and craftsmanship remains the same.

    I think there's been some misunderstanding of this statement. It doesn't imply that they have a focus on excellence and craftsmanship; it states that the degree to which they focus on excellence and craftsmanship hasn't changed due to the dust-up with NY. In other words, they're not increasing the focus.

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