Charter Communications LLC has applied with the FCC to acquire the cable division of Time Warner Inc. Oceanic Time Warner’s cable operations in Hawaii are included in the sale.

Charter currently operates community cable systems in twenty nine states and if the acquisition is approved will become the second largest cable TV provider in the U.S. after Comcast.

On July 15, Charter submitted an application with the State to transfer Oceanic’s franchises to Charter. The Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs is reviewing the application and will be holding public hearings to afford interested persons the opportunity to submit data, views, or arguments on the proposed transfer.  

Oahu’s hearing is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 9, at the King Kalakaua Building, Queen Liliuokalani Conference Room, 325 Merchant St., Honolulu, and written testimony may be submitted by Sept. 25 online to DCCA-CATV at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Olelo Community Media has been following the proposed acquisition closely and will be presenting testimony expressing our concern that Charter serve the public interest and provide continued support for Public, Education and Government Access by meeting the required commitments in the existing contract currently held by Oceanic Time Warner.  

Click HERE to view the application submitted by Charter, Charter’s response to the DCCA’s First Set of Information Requests, and any further updates. Should additional information become available, Olelo will post it on its website, www.olelo.org.

 

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