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S-4/A
CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS HOLDINGS CAPITAL CORP filed this Form S-4/A on 06/22/1999
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     The following table describes the current technological state of our
systems and the anticipated progress of planned upgrades through 2001, based on
the percentage of our customers who will have access to the bandwidth and other
features shown:
 
   

<TABLE>
<CAPTION>
                                LESS THAN                     750 MEGAHERTZ    TWO-WAY
                              550 MEGAHERTZ   550 MEGAHERTZ    OR GREATER     CAPABILITY
                              -------------   -------------   -------------   ----------
<S>                           <C>             <C>             <C>             <C>
March 31, 1999..............      42.7%           16.9%           40.4%          35.1%
December 31, 1999...........      23.9%           20.1%           56.0%          65.2%
December 31, 2000...........      12.9%           22.2%           64.9%          81.4%
December 31, 2001...........       7.7%           21.5%           70.8%          91.8%
</TABLE>

    
 
   
     We have adopted the hybrid fiber optic/coaxial architecture, referred to as
the HFC architecture, as the standard for our ongoing systems upgrades. The HFC
architecture combines the use of fiber optic cable, which can carry hundreds of
video, data and voice channels over extended distances, with coaxial cable,
which requires a more extensive signal amplification in order to obtain the
desired transmission levels for delivering channels. In most systems, we connect
fiber optic cable to individual nodes serving an average of 800 homes or
commercial buildings. A node is a single connection to a cable system's main,
high-capacity fiber optic cable that is shared by a number of customers. Coaxial
cable is then connected from each node to the individual homes or buildings. We
believe that this network design provides high capacity and superior signal
quality, and will enable us to provide the newest forms of telecommunications
services to our customers. The primary advantages of HFC architecture over
traditional coaxial cable networks include:
    
 
     - increased channel capacity of cable systems;
 
   
     - reduced number of amplifiers in cascade, which are needed to increase
       signal capacity, from the headend to the home, resulting in improved
       signal quality and reliability;
    
 
   
     - reduced number of homes that need to be connected to an individual node,
       improving the capacity of the network to provide high-speed Internet
       service and reducing the number of households affected by disruptions in
       the network; and
    
 
   
     - sufficient dedicated bandwidth for two-way services, which avoids reverse
       signal interference problems that can otherwise occur when you have
       two-way communication capability.
    
 
   
     The HFC architecture will enable us to offer new and enhanced services,
including additional channels and tiers, expanded pay-per-view options,
high-speed Internet access, wide area network, which permits a network of
computers to be connected together beyond an area, point-to-point data services,
which can switch data links from one point to another, and digital advertising
insertion. The upgrades will facilitate our new services in two primary ways:
    
 
     - Greater bandwidth allows us to send more information through our systems.
       This provides us with the "space" to provide new services in addition to
       our current services. As a result, we will be able to roll out digital
       cable programming in addition to existing analog channels offered to
       customers who do not wish to subscribe to a package of digital services.
 
     - Enhanced design configured for two-way communication with the customer
       allows us to provide cable Internet services without telephone support
       and other interactive
 
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