Charter Communications files for prearranged bankruptcy

Charter Communications Inc. on Friday filed for a prearranged Chapter 11 bankruptcy to get relief from its creditors, as the nation’s fourth-largest cable operator strives to keep its head above water and still compete with phone companies and satellite TV providers.

The St. Louis, Mo., company seeks to emerge from bankruptcy as early as the end of summer and doesn’t plan on selling any of its assets to competitors. After Chapter 11, interest costs at Charter, which has never posted a profit since going public in 1999 because of massive debt interest payments, will be cut in half to $830 million a year.

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