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CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS, INC. /MO/ filed this Form S-1 on 07/28/1999
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                      BRESNAN COMMUNICATIONS GROUP SYSTEMS
            (A COMBINATION OF CERTAIN ASSETS, AS DEFINED IN NOTE 1)
 
             NOTES TO COMBINED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS -- (CONTINUED)
                        DECEMBER 31, 1996, 1997 AND 1998
                                 (IN THOUSANDS)
 
     Bresnan Communications Group Systems has entered into Interest Rate Swaps
to effectively fix or set a maximum interest rate on a portion of its floating
rate long-term debt. Bresnan Communications Group Systems is exposed to credit
loss in the event of nonperformance by the counterparties to the Interest Rate
Swaps.
 
     At December 31, 1998, such Interest Rate Swaps effectively fixed or set
maximum interest rates between 9.625% and 9.705% on an aggregate notional
principal amount of $110,000, which rate would become effective upon the
occurrence of certain events. The effect of the Interest Rate Swaps was to
increase interest expense by $851, $460, and $19 for the years ended December
31, 1996, 1997 and 1998, respectively. The expiration dates of the Interest Rate
Swaps ranges from August 25, 1999 to April 3, 2000. The difference between the
fair market value and book value of long-term debt and the Interest Rate Swaps
at December 31, 1997 and 1998 is not significant.
 
(5) INCOME TAXES
 
     Taxable earnings differ from those reported in the accompanying combined
statements of operations due primarily to differences in depreciation and
amortization methods and estimated useful lives under regulations prescribed by
the Internal Revenue Service. At December 31, 1998, the reported amounts of
Bresnan Communications Group Systems' assets exceeded their respective tax bases
by approximately $394 million.
 
(6) TRANSACTIONS WITH RELATED PARTIES
 
     Bresnan Communications Group Systems purchases, at TCI's cost,
substantially all of its pay television and other programming from affiliates of
TCI. Charges for such programming were $42,897, $48,588 and $58,562 for 1996,
1997 and 1998, respectively, and are included in programming expenses in the
accompanying combined financial statements.
 
     Certain affiliates of the Partners provide administrative services to
Bresnan Communications Group Systems and have assumed managerial responsibility
of Bresnan Communications Group Systems cable television system operations and
construction. As compensation for these services, Bresnan Communications Group
Systems pays a monthly fee calculated pursuant to certain agreed upon formulas.
Such charges totaled $11,746, $11,801 and $13,086 and have been included in
selling, general and administrative expenses for years ended December 31, 1996,
1997 and 1998, respectively.
 
(7) COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES
 
     On October 5, 1992, Congress enacted the Cable Television Consumer
Protection and Competition Act of 1992 (the "1992 Cable Act"). In 1993 and 1994,
the Federal Communications Commission ("FCC") adopted certain rate regulations
required by the 1992 Cable Act and imposed a moratorium on certain rate
increases. As a result of such actions, Bresnan Communications Group Systems'
basic and tier service rates and its equipment and installation charges (the
"Regulated Services") are subject to the jurisdiction of local franchising
authorities and the FCC. Basic and tier service rates are evaluated against
competitive benchmark rates as published by the FCC, and equipment and
installation charges are based on actual costs. Any rates for Regulated Services
that exceeded the benchmarks were reduced as required by the 1993 and 1994 rate
regulations. The rate regulations do not apply to the relatively few systems
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