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CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS HOLDINGS CAPITAL CORP filed this Form S-4 on 01/25/2000
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                          FALCON COMMUNICATIONS, L.P.
                   (SUCCESSOR TO FALCON HOLDING GROUP, L.P.)
 
           NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS -- (CONTINUED)
 
FRANCHISE COST AND GOODWILL
 
     The excess of cost over the fair values of tangible assets and customer
lists of cable television systems acquired represents the cost of franchises and
goodwill. In addition, franchise cost includes capitalized costs incurred in
obtaining new franchises and in the renewal of existing franchises. These costs
are amortized using the straight-line method over the lives of the franchises,
ranging up to 28 years (composite 15 year average). Goodwill is amortized over
20 years. Costs relating to unsuccessful franchise applications are charged to
expense when it is determined that the efforts to obtain the franchise will not
be successful.
 
CUSTOMER LISTS AND OTHER INTANGIBLE COSTS
 
     Customer lists and other intangible costs include customer lists, covenants
not to compete and organization costs which are amortized using the
straight-line method over two to five years.
 
     In 1998, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants issued
Statement of Position 98-5, "Reporting on Costs of Start-Up Activities". The new
standard, which becomes effective for the Partnership on January 1, 1999,
requires costs of start-up activities, including certain organization costs, to
be expensed as incurred. Previously capitalized start-up costs are to be written
off as a cumulative effect of a change in accounting principle. The Partnership
believes that adoption of this standard will not have a material impact on the
Partnership's financial position or results of operations.
 
DEFERRED LOAN COSTS
 
     Costs related to borrowings are capitalized and amortized to interest
expense over the life of the related loan.
 
RECOVERABILITY OF ASSETS
 
     The Partnership assesses on an ongoing basis the recoverability of
intangible assets (including goodwill) and capitalized plant assets based on
estimates of future undiscounted cash flows compared to net book value. If the
future undiscounted cash flow estimates were less than net book value, net book
value would then be reduced to estimated fair value, which generally
approximates discounted cash flows. The Partnership also evaluates the
amortization periods of assets, including goodwill and other intangible assets,
to determine whether events or circumstances warrant revised estimates of useful
lives.
 
REVENUE RECOGNITION
 
     Revenues from customer fees, equipment rental and advertising are
recognized in the period that services are delivered. Installation revenue is
recognized in the period the installation services are provided to the extent of
direct selling costs. Any remaining amount is deferred and recognized over the
estimated average period that customers are expected to remain connected to the
cable television system. Management fees are recognized on the accrual basis
based on a percentage of gross revenues of the respective cable television
systems managed. Effective October 1, 1998, 20% of the management fees from the
Enstar partnerships is retained by FHGLP.
 
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