Last Wednesday, Gov. Cuomo ordered the Department of Public Service (DPS) to investigate the Time Warner Cable outage that left 11 million of its 15 million customers without Internet service.

Gov. Cuomo said:

“I have directed the New York State Department of Public Service to investigate this outage as part of its review of Comcast’s proposed merger with Time Warner. The Department will also review whether the outage affected Time Warner’s provision of telephone service in any way. In addition, the Department will include its analysis of this event in its ongoing study of the telecom industry, which is exploring potential changes to the regulatory landscape pertaining to telephone, internet and cable.”

This is a troubling development.  Our partners at the Buffalo-Niagara Partnership have spoken out in support of this proposed merger.  While it may be politically expedient to hold up this proposed merger, or to use the state’s leverage to extract concessions from Comcast as a condition of the merger going through, state policies should support the continued development of robust and widely available broadband and wireless connectivity.