Former Bright House vendor lays off 129, blames Charter for cutting its contract

Charter Communications sign (use this one)

A cable installation contractor in Florida said it will be forced to lay off 129 workers across the state after Charter Communications elected not to renew a services contract that was acquired when the MSO bought Bright House Networks last year.

According to the Tampa Bay Business Journal, which unearthed a WARN notice with the Florida Department of Economic Activity, BroadBand Interactive will lay off workers in Clermont, Daytona, Melbourne and Orlando when its Charter deal officially ends on March 13.

Bright House Networks, which was acquired last year by Charter for $10.4 billion, served 1.7 million customers across Florida.

“Please be assured that this action in no way reflects upon your service to BBI, your value to this company or your job performance,” a Feb. 27 notice to employees said. “This is strictly a result of the loss of our contract in Central Florida."

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Charter had no comment for FierceCable. Although, an individual close to the company noted the operator’s oft-stated intent to insource as many as 20,000 workers. 

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Charter, of course, has been actively restructuring over the last 10 months since closing on its purchases of Bright House and Time Warner Cable.