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CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS, INC. /MO/ filed this Form 10-Q on 10/26/2017
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Capital Expenditures

We have significant ongoing capital expenditure requirements.  Capital expenditures were $2.4 billion and $6.1 billion for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2017, respectively, and $1.7 billion and $3.4 billion for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2016, respectively.  The increase during the nine months ended September 30, 2017 compared to 2016 was driven by the Transactions. On a pro forma basis, assuming the Transactions occurred as of January 1, 2015, capital expenditures increased $439 million during the nine months ended September 30, 2017 compared to the corresponding period in 2016. The increase during the three months ended September 30, 2017 compared to 2016 was primarily due to higher spend on customer premise equipment due to the launch of SPP and our all-digital initiative and higher scalable infrastructure costs and support primarily due to the timing of spend. See the table below for more details.
 
The actual amount of our capital expenditures in 2017 will depend on a number of factors, including the pace of transition planning to service a larger customer base as a result of the Transactions, our all-digital transition in the Legacy TWC and Legacy Bright House markets and growth rates of both our residential and commercial businesses.

Our capital expenditures are funded primarily from cash flows from operating activities and borrowings on our credit facility. In addition, our accrued liabilities related to capital expenditures increased by $276 million and $86 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2017 and 2016, respectively.

The following tables present our major capital expenditures categories on an actual and pro forma basis, assuming the Transactions occurred as of January 1, 2015, in accordance with National Cable and Telecommunications Association (“NCTA”) disclosure guidelines for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2017 and 2016. The disclosure is intended to provide more consistency in the reporting of capital expenditures among peer companies in the cable industry. These disclosure guidelines are not required disclosures under GAAP, nor do they impact our accounting for capital expenditures under GAAP (dollars in millions):

 
Three Months Ended September 30,
 
Nine Months Ended September 30,
 
2017
 
2016
 
2017
 
2016
 
Actual
Customer premise equipment (a)
$
855

 
$
662

 
$
2,579

 
$
1,177

Scalable infrastructure (b)
632

 
441

 
1,282

 
937

Line extensions (c)
319

 
249

 
864

 
467

Upgrade/rebuild (d)
163

 
156

 
415

 
307

Support capital (e)
424

 
240

 
956

 
549

Total capital expenditures
$
2,393

 
$
1,748

 
$
6,096

 
$
3,437

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Capital expenditures included in total related to:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Commercial services
$
339

 
$
306

 
$
941

 
$
566

Transition (f)
$
125

 
$
109

 
$
287

 
$
273

 
Nine Months Ended September 30, 2016
 
Pro Forma
Customer premise equipment (a)
$
2,074

Scalable infrastructure (b)
1,556

Line extensions (c)
751

Upgrade/rebuild (d)
461

Support capital (e)
815

Total capital expenditures
$
5,657

 
 
Capital expenditures included in total related to:
 
Commercial services
$
931

Transition (f)
$
273




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