More than a million customers are set to switch to Charter Communications


If you have Time Warner Cable, you could soon be getting your cable from a new company.

More than 1 million customers are set to switch to Charter Communications.

Tony Ramos is the proud owner of six newborn whippets.

Ramos uses a Web cam and relies on Time Warner -- 24 hours a day -- to stream the puppies live to families interested in adopting them.

"Some people will see things in other states that I don't even see so they let me know. It's a way to network the puppies," said Ramos.

Ramos is one of nearly a million and a half Time Warner customers expected to transition to Charter Communications.

If an acquisition between Comcast and Time Warner is approved, all of Ohio, including Cleveland, Akron-Canton, Springfield, Cincinnati and Dayton will become Charter.

Ramos is taking a wait-and-see approach.

"I'm not too happy with Time Warner Cable. I'd like to see more competition in the market place. I'd like to see faster speeds, but they're the only game in town," said Ramos.

According to Consumer Reports, Charter outranks Time Warner in four categories.

When it comes to TV service, Charter comes in 14th as opposed to Time Warner in 16th.

For Internet service, Charter is 18th -- Time Warner 20th.

For phone service Charter ranks 14th and Time Warner 20th.

And for telecom bundles Charter is ninth and Time Warner 12th.

The rankings are encouraging to some customers, but when it comes to streaming Ramos' puppies, he wants more choices.

"I think that's coming eventually. I don't know when, but I'm really looking forward to that," said Ramos.

Charter says customers can expect faster Internet speeds as well as more HD channels and more on-demand choices.

Right now the FCC is deciding if the acquisition can happen.

If it does, the switch could happen by the end of the year.

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