Time Warner Cable shutting down circuit-switched phone service on former Insight system

Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC) will pull the plug next month on a circuit-switched telephone service in Kentucky that it acquired from Insight Communications, according to an FCC notice.

The cable MSO is offering the approximately 700 customers on its cable system in Lexington who rely on the circuit-switched product the option of moving to its VoIP-based digital phone service or to another provider, according to the filing, which refers to the system as Insight Phone of Kentucky. Subscribers were mailed notices about the shutdown on March 18. The phone service will be discontinued "on or after" May 20, according to the FCC notice. 

The FCC said it set a deadline of April 29 for public comments about the shutdown of the circuit-switched phone service. It'll automatically grant the application on May 10 "unless the Commission notifies Insight that the grant will not be automatically effective," according to the FCC.

Time Warner Cable closed its $3 billion acquisition of Insight and its cable systems in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky in March 2012. Insight co-founders Michael Willner and Sidney Knafel bought the controlling interest in IP video software firm Penthera Partners in September 2012.

For more:
- see the FCC notice

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