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CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS, INC. /MO/ filed this Form S-1/A on 11/01/1999
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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
                             (DOLLARS IN THOUSANDS)
                                  (UNAUDITED)
 
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 compensation for alleged excessive late
fee charges for past periods. These cases are either at the early stages of the
litigation process or are subject to a case management order that sets forth a
process leading to mediation. Based upon the facts available management believes
that, although no assurances can be given as to the outcome of these actions,
the ultimate disposition of these matters should not have a material adverse
effect upon the financial condition of the Systems.
 
     Under existing Tennessee laws and regulations, the Systems paid an
Amusement Tax in the form of a sales tax on programming service revenues
generated in Tennessee in excess of charges for the basic and expanded basic
levels of service. Under the existing statute, only the service charges or fees
in excess of the charges for the "basic cable" television service package were
not exempt from the Amusement Tax. Related regulations clarify the definition of
basic cable to include two tiers of service, which InterMedia's management and
other operators in Tennessee have interpreted to mean both the basic and
expanded basic levels of service.
 
     In the Spring of 1999 Tennessee Department of Revenue ("TDOR") proposed
legislation that was passed by the Tennessee State Legislature which replaced
the current Amusement Tax
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