After a lengthy public squabble, it now appears the company that operates Spectrum Cable is close to resolving its dispute with New York state regulators.

The Public Service Commission last July ordered Charter Communications to develop a plan to turn over Spectrum operations to other companies.

According to the Buffalo News, preliminary terms of a deal to keep Spectrum in New York could be reached within the next couple of weeks.

Some New York elected officials, including Governor Andrew Cuomo, have been highly critical of Spectrum for not expanding service into some rural sections of the state.

The PSC last summer declared the company had "made clear it has no intention" of meeting the conditions contained in an agreement that allowed it to take over Time Warner Cable operations in the state.

Charter Communications officials have not been available to comment on the effort to force it out of New York state. But last August, the company indicated it was prepared for a legal battle that could last "up to several years."

A Charter statement said it believed the actions by state regulators were "without merit."

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