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A10356 Summary:

BILL NOA10356
 
SAME ASNo Same As
 
SPONSORPaulin
 
COSPNSR
 
MLTSPNSR
 
Amd 222, Pub Serv L
 
Provides that the public service commission shall not approve the transfer of cable systems unless the applicant demonstrates that the proposed transferee and the cable television system conform to the standards established in the regulations promulgated by the public service commission, that approval would not be in violation of law, and that the transfer is otherwise in the public interest.
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A10356 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A10356
 
SPONSOR: Paulin
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public service law, in relation to transfers of cable systems   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 of the bill would amend Chapter 57 of the Laws of 2014 (Part R) to make permanent provisions that prohibit the Public Service Commis- sion from approving a merger or transfer of cable systems unless the applicant can affirmatively demonstrate that a transfer or merger of cable systems is in the public interest. Section 2 provides for an immediate effective date and would apply to any application pending before the Public Service Commission on such date.   JUSTIFICATION: Chapter 57 of the Laws of 2014 (Part R) provided that system transfers or mergers could not be approved unless the petitioner(s) demonstrated that such actions are in the public interest. Unfortunately, that law expired on April 1, 2017. In permanently reinstating statutory provisions requiring applicants seeking to transfer or merge cable systems to affirmatively demonstrate such actions will be in the public interest allows the Commission to continue the improved oversight grant- ed to it in 2014. To date, the Commission has reviewed various proposed mergers under this law, and obtained substantial benefits for customers, notably in the Time Warner-Charter merger (Case 15-M-0388) and the Cablevision-Altice merger (Case 15-M0647). Permanent application of this authority will allow the Commission to continue its work in protecting consumers while considering opportunities and efficiencies for both consumers and cable companies.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New legislation.   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act would take effect immediately and shall apply to any applica- tion pending before the public service commission on such date.
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