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CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS, INC. /MO/ filed this Form S-1/A on 11/01/1999
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                  MARCUS CABLE HOLDINGS, LLC AND SUBSIDIARIES
 
           NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS -- (CONTINUED)
 
accompanying statement of operations for the year ended December 31, 1998. As of
December 31, 1998, 35 employees and officers of the Company had been terminated
and $13,634 had been paid under severance and bonus arrangements. By March 31,
1999, an additional 50 employees will be terminated. The remaining balance of
$2,400 is to be paid by April 30, 1999 and an additional $400 in stay-on bonuses
will be recorded as compensation in 1999 as the related services are provided.
 
(2) SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES
 
  (a) CASH EQUIVALENTS
 
     The Company considers all highly liquid investments with original
maturities of three months or less to be cash equivalents. At December 31, 1998
and 1997, cash equivalents consist of certificates of deposit and money market
funds. These investments are carried at cost which approximates market value.
 
  (b) PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT
 
     Property, plant and equipment is recorded at cost, including all direct and
certain indirect costs associated with the construction of cable television
transmission and distribution facilities, and the cost of new customer
installation. The costs of disconnecting a customer are charged to expense in
the period incurred. Expenditures for maintenance and repairs are charged to
expense as incurred and equipment replacements and betterments are capitalized.
 
     Depreciation is provided by the straight-line method over the estimated
useful lives of the related assets as follows:
 

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Cable distribution systems......................  3-10 years
Buildings and leasehold improvements............  5-15 years
Vehicles and equipment..........................   3-5 years
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  (c) FRANCHISES
 
     Costs incurred in obtaining and renewing cable franchises are deferred and
amortized over the estimated lives of the franchises. Costs relating to
unsuccessful franchise applications are charged to expense when it is determined
that the efforts to obtain the franchise will not be successful. Franchise
rights acquired through the purchase of cable television systems represent
management's estimate of fair value and are amortized using the straight-line
method over a period of 15 years. The period of 15 years is management's best
estimate of the useful lives of the franchises and assumes substantially all of
those franchises that expire during the period will be renewed by the Company.
Accumulated amortization was $317,335 and $264,600 at December 31, 1998 and
1997, respectively.
 
  (d) NONCOMPETITION AGREEMENTS
 
     Noncompetition agreements are amortized using the straight-line method over
the term of the respective agreements. Accumulated amortization was $20,267 and
$19,144 at December 31, 1998 and 1997, respectively.
 
  (e) OTHER ASSETS
 
     Debt issuance costs are amortized to interest expense over the term of the
related debt. Going concern value of acquired cable systems is amortized using
the straight-line method over a period up to 10 years.
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