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CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS, INC. /MO/ filed this Form 8-K on 04/07/2016
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BRIGHT HOUSE NETWORKS, LLC AND SUBSIDARIES
Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements
December 31, 2015, 2014 and 2013



The estimated amounts that are expected to be amortized from accumulated other comprehensive loss, net, into net periodic benefit costs in 2016 include:

Amortization of actuarial loss
 
$
7,763

Amortization of prior service cost
 
89

 
 
 
 
 
$
7,852


The weighted average assumptions used to determine projected benefit obligations and net periodic cost were:

 
 
2015
 
2014
 
2013
 
 
 
Discount rate used to determine projected benefit
 
 
 
 
 
 
obligation – pension plan
 
4.75
%
 
4.40
%
 
5.00
%
Discount rate used to determine projected benefit
 
 
 
 
 
 
obligation – supplemental pension plan and
 
 
 
 
 
 
other postretirement plans
 
4.50

 
4.10

 
5.00

Discount rate used to determine net periodic cost
 
 
 
 
 
 
– pension plan
 
4.40

 
5.00

 
4.25

Discount rate used to determine net periodic cost
 

 

 

– supplemental pension plan and other
 
 
 
 
 
 
postretirement plans
 
4.10

 
5.00

 
4.25

Expected long-term return on plan assets
 
7.50

 
7.50

 
7.50

Rate of compensation increase used to determine
 
 
 
 
 
 
projected benefit obligation
 
4.00

 
4.00

 
4.00

Rate of compensation increase used to determine
 
 
 
 
 
 
net periodic pension cost
 
4.00

 
4.00

 
4.00

Healthcare cost trend rate assumed for next year
 
7.00

 
7.20

 
7.20

Rate to which the cost is assumed to decline
 
 
 
 
 
 
(ultimate trend rate)
 
4.50

 
4.50

 
4.50


The mortality tables used to determine benefit obligations as of December 31, 2015, 2014 and 2013 consisted of the following: RP 2014 generational mortality table with MP - 2015 and MP- 2014 projection scale and no collar adjustment for 2015 and 2014, respectively, and the PPA Separate static annuitant and non-annuitant tables for 2013.

The discount rate used by the Company in calculating the net periodic benefit cost for the Pension Plan and the Supplemental Pension Plan was determined using the Mercer Pension Discount Yield Curve - Above Mean Yield. The Above Mean Curve is constructed from the bonds in the Mercer Yield Curve universe that have a yield higher than the Regression Mean Yield Curve.

In developing the expected long‑term rate of return on assets, the Plan evaluates input from investment consultants, actuaries, and investment management firms based on their long term investment outlook and computation of historical returns. Expectations of returns for each asset class are the most significant of the assumptions used in developing the expected long‑term return on assets. The Company then utilizes a forward‑looking building block approach based on the asset class allocations.

 
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