A judge refused to dismiss a case against Charter Communications in which the media company is accused of duping consumers by providing broadband speeds that were slower than advertised, MediaPost reports. The suit was brought by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.
“The cable company had argued that the Federal Communications Commission’s comprehensive broadband regulations — including a set of rules mandating ‘transparency’ about speed — blocked Schneiderman from proceeding with the case,” the story reports. “New York County Justice Peter Sherwood rejected Charter’s arguments, ruling on Friday that Congress never intended ‘to make federal law the exclusive source of law protecting consumers from broadband providers’ deceptive conduct.'”
The report adds: “Schneiderman’s complaint includes allegations that subscribers on a plan promising 300 Mbps typically received 15% of the promised speed when connecting wirelessly. Time Warner also allegedly failed to provide many customers with modems capable of enabling Web-surfing at the advertised speeds.”
Charter purchased Time Warner in 2016, later renaming the company Spectrum.