The staff of the West Virginia Public Service Commission has recommended that the commission approve the proposed sale of Suddenlink Communications.
In an Oct. 12 memo from staff attorney Lisa Wansley, the staff noted that cable subscribers will not see a change in rates and services as a result of the sale and, as of the date of the memo, no protests had been filed opposing the sale.
The commission has a say in the deal because state law says that for a change of ownership to occur, written application and approval is required from all of the appropriate franchising authorities. The commission is the local franchise authority for Nicholas County.
The City of Charleston is in the first year of a five-year franchise agreement with Suddenlink. The city has scheduled a public hearing on the deal at 6 p.m. Nov. 14 in the mayor's Conference Room on the second floor of City Hall.
Suddenlink offers television, Internet, phone, security and other services to more than 220,000 residential households and 9,500 businesses in West Virginia, making it the largest cable broadband company in the state.