Altice-Cablevision merger gets nod from NY state regulatory panel

A New York state regulatory panel has recommended that the state's Public Services Commission approve Altice NV's $17.7 billion takeover of Cablevision (NYSE: CVC).

The recommendation sets up a June 16 vote in favor of the deal by the PSC, which rarely votes against opinions put forth by the New York Department of Public Service panel.

According to Bloomberg, the panel is asking the PSC to impose conditions on the deal for Altice to retain "customer-facing jobs" such as call-center reps and service techs for four years.

The panel is also recommending that a quarter of Alice's estimated cost savings from the deal be passed on to customers, and that Altice increase the broadband speeds of low-income Cablevision customers.

With the FCC and Justice Department already signed off on the deal, New York state regulators stand as the final hurdle for Altice. But negotiations with the PSC on conditions haven't come easy. Altice reportedly has limited cash flow, and cuts at Cablevision are an essential part of the takeover model.

Altice has promised investors that it will find $900 million in operational efficiencies within Cablevision in its first three years of ownership.

Last week, the PSC delayed its vote on the deal until June 16.

For more:
- read this Bloomberg story

Related articles:
Altice-Cablevision closure delayed at least a month by New York regulators
Suddenlink operating profit up 21% under Altice control
Cablevision grows revenue, slows pay-TV sub losses as Altice takeover looms

Suggested Articles

Comcast is calling on its cable brethren, Charter and Cox, for a new initiative called On Addressability focused on building a “sound, scalable and sustainable…

NCC Media and OpenAP are teaming up to allow national advertisers to use OpenAP’s audience segment definitions when buying across NCC Media’s linear, VOD and…

Comcast is launching new controls for its X1 television service that will allow people with certain disabilities to operate their cable TV systems using their…