Not sure if you’ve noticed, but St. Louis-based Charter Communications, Inc. wants to merge with Time Warner Cable, a deal valued at $78.7 billion. That move potentially affects Oceanic Time Warner’s 200,000 or so customers in Hawaii, since the merger will transfer Time Warner’s cable TV franchises over to Charter.
As a result, the state Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA) is holding a series of public hearings on this franchise transfer. The first one for Maui County takes place tomorrow, Sept. 8.
Here’s the schedule for upcoming DCCA hearings on big cable TV franchise transfer in Hawaii:
Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015
West Maui Senior Center
788 Pauoa St., Lahaina
Friday, Sept. 11, 2015
Cameron Center Auditorium
95 Mahalani St., Wailuku
Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015
Lanai Senior Center
309 Seventh St., Lanai City
Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015
Hana Community Center Hall
5091 Uakea Rd., Hana
Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015
Kaunakakai Gym, Conference Room
180 Ala Malama Ave., Kaunakakai
The DCCA’s Cable Television Division (CATV) “encourages the public to participate in this process by attending the public hearings and submitting written comments” said CATV Administrator Ji Sook “Lisa” Kim in a Sept. 1 news release. “We will consider all comments and inputs received during these public hearings in our review and evaluation of the Proposed Transfer.”
Click here to review the DCCA’s various documents on the proposed merger.
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