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RENAISSANCE MEDIA GROUP LLC filed this Form S-4/A on 08/06/1998
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                     SOCIAL CONTRACT FOR TIME WARNER CABLE



I.   BACKGROUND AND SUMMARY.
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     The "Social Contract" set out in this document (the "Contract") relates to
certain services and equipment offered by Time Warner Cable ("TWC") actually or
potentially subject to regulation under the terms of the applicable provisions
of Title VI of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended ("Act").

     The Federal Communications Commission ("FCC" or "Commission") finds that
this Contract will advance the public interest by:  (i) assuring fair and
reasonable rates for TWC's cable service customers; (ii) facilitating the
creation of a low-cost, lifeline basic service level; (iii) improving TWC's
cable service by substantially upgrading the channel capacity and technical
reliability of its cable systems; and (iv) reducing the administrative burden
and cost of regulation for local governments, the FCC and TWC.

     The Contract has been negotiated between TWC and the FCC in accordance with
the FCC's authority to consider and adopt "social contracts" as an alternative
to other regulatory approaches applicable to cable television rates, /1// as
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modified and amplified in the Order adopting the Continental Social Contract,
/2// and its authority to regulate TWC's cable services under the Act,
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particularly in light of the Statement of Policy set forth in Section 2(b) of
the Cable Television Consumer Protection and Competition Act of 1992, Pub. L.
No. 102-385, 106 Stat. 1460 ("1992 Cable Act"). Except as otherwise provided for
herein, this Contract covers all of TWC's cable systems as of the Publication
Date (as hereinafter


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/1//Cost of Service Order, 9 FCC Rcd 4527, (P)(P) 295-304 (1994); Public
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    Notice, FCC 95-137 (April 3, 1995).
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/2//Memorandum Opinion and Order, FCC 95-335 (released August 3, 1995).
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