Charter Communications Inc was organized as a Delaware corporation in 1999. It is a cable operator provides services in the United States for residential and commercial customers. The Company offers its customers traditional cable video programming, Internet services, and voice services, as well as video services such as video on demand, HD television and DVR service. It also sells local advertising on cable networks and provide fiber connectivity to cellular towers. The Company sells the video, Internet and voice services on a subscription basis, often in a bundle of two or more services, providing savings and convenience to its customers. The voice services include unlimited local and long distance calling to the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, plus other features, including voicemail, call waiting and caller ID. Through Charter Business, the Company provides scalable, tailored broadband communications solutions to business and carrier organizations, such as video entertainment services, Internet access, business telephone services, data networking and fiber connectivity to cellular towers and office buildings. Through its hybrid fiber and coaxial cable network, the company offer its customers traditional cable video services, as well as video services (such as video on demand, HD television, and DVR service), Internet services and voice services. Its voice services are provided using voice over Internet protocol ("VoIP") technology, to transmit digital voice signals over its systems. The Company's video, Internet, and voice services are offered to residential and commercial customers on a subscription basis, with prices and related charges based on the types of service selected, whether the services are sold as a "bundle" or on an individual basis, and the equipment necessary to receive the services. All of its video customers receive a package of basic programming which generally consists of local broadcast television, local community programming, including governmental and public access, and limited satellite-delivered or non-broadcast channels, such as weather, shopping and religious programming along with a digital set-top box that provides an interactive electronic programming guide with parental controls, access to pay-per-view channels, including video on demand (available nearly everywhere), digital quality music channels and the option to also receive a cable card. The Company's competitors include AT&T Inc. ("AT&T"), Verizon Communications, Inc. ("Verizon"), DirecTV and DISH Network. The Company's operations are subject to additional federal, state, and local laws and regulations that impose additional restrictions on the collection, use and disclosure of consumer, subscriber and employee information.
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