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424B3
CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS HOLDINGS CAPITAL CORP filed this Form 424B3 on 09/01/1999
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                            INTERMEDIA CABLE SYSTEMS
              (COMPRISED OF COMPONENTS OF INTERMEDIA PARTNERS AND
                     INTERMEDIA CAPITAL PARTNERS IV, L.P.)
 
         NOTES TO CONDENSED COMBINED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS -- CONTINUED
 
of AT&TBIS. Management believes that the overall programming rates made
available through this relationship are lower than the Systems could obtain
separately. Such volume rates may not continue to be available in the future
should AT&TBIS's ownership interest in InterMedia significantly decrease.
Programming fees charged by the AT&TBIS subsidiary to the Systems for the six
months ended June 30, 1999 and 1998 amounted to $17,276 and $14,399,
respectively. Payable to affiliates includes programming fees payable to the
AT&TBIS subsidiary of $3,151 and $2,918 at June 30, 1999 and December 31, 1998,
respectively.
 
     On January 1, 1998 an affiliate of AT&TBIS entered into agreements with
InterMedia to manage the Systems' advertising business and related services for
an annual fixed fee per advertising sales subscriber, as defined by the
agreements. In addition to the annual fixed fee AT&TBIS is entitled to varying
percentage shares of the incremental growth in annual cash flows from
advertising sales above specified targets. Management fees charged by the
AT&TBIS subsidiary for the six months ended June 30, 1999 amounted to $202.
Receivable from affiliates at June 30, 1999 and December 31, 1998 includes
$5,069 and $3,437, respectively, of receivables from AT&TBIS for advertising
sales.
 
     As part of its normal course of business the Systems are involved in
transactions with affiliates of InterMedia which own and operate cable
television systems. Such transactions include purchases and sales at cost of
inventories used in construction of cable plant. Receivable from affiliates at
June 30, 1999 and December 31, 1998 include $136 and $2,134, respectively, of
receivables from affiliated systems. Payable to affiliates at June 30, 1999 and
December 31, 1998 includes $1,410 and $208, respectively, of payables to
affiliated systems.
 
5.  COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES
 
     The Systems are committed to provide cable television services under
franchise agreements with remaining terms of up to twenty years. Franchise fees
of up to 5% of gross revenues are payable under these agreements.
 
     Current Federal Communications Commission ("FCC") regulations require that
cable television operators obtain permission to retransmit major network and
certain local television station signals. The Systems have entered into
retransmission agreements with all applicable stations in exchange for in-kind
and/or other consideration.
 
     InterMedia has been named in several certified class actions in various
jurisdictions concerning its late fee charges and practices. Certain cable
systems owned by InterMedia charge late fees to customers who do not pay their
cable bills on time. These late fee cases challenge the amount of the late fees
and the practices under which they are imposed. The Plaintiffs raise claims
under state consumer protection statutes, other state statutes and common law.
Plaintiffs generally allege that the late fees charged by InterMedia's cable
systems in the States of Tennessee, South Carolina and Georgia are not
reasonably related to the costs incurred by the cable systems as a result of
late payment. Plaintiffs seek to require cable systems to reduce their late fees
on a prospective basis and to provide
 
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