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CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS, INC. /MO/ filed this Form S-1/A on 11/01/1999
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                          FALCON COMMUNICATIONS, L.P.
                   (SUCCESSOR TO FALCON HOLDING GROUP, L.P.)
 
                   NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
 
NOTE 1 -- SUMMARY OF ACCOUNTING POLICIES
 
FORM OF PRESENTATION
 
     Falcon Communications, L.P., a California limited partnership (the
"Partnership") and successor to Falcon Holding Group, L.P. ("FHGLP"), owns and
operates cable television systems serving small to medium-sized communities and
the suburbs of certain cities in 25 states. On September 30, 1998, pursuant to a
Contribution and Purchase Agreement dated as of December 30, 1997, as amended
(the "Contribution Agreement"), FHGLP acquired the assets and liabilities of
Falcon Video Communications, L.P. ("Falcon Video" or the "Falcon Video
Systems"), in exchange for ownership interests in FHGLP. Simultaneously with the
closing of that transaction, in accordance with the Contribution Agreement,
FHGLP contributed substantially all of the existing cable television system
operations owned by FHGLP and its subsidiaries (including the Falcon Video
Systems) to the Partnership and TCI Falcon Holdings, LLC ("TCI") contributed
certain cable television systems owned and operated by affiliates of TCI (the
"TCI Systems") to the Partnership (the "TCI Transaction"). As a result, TCI
holds approximately 46% of the equity interests of the Partnership and FHGLP
holds the remaining 54% and serves as the managing general partner of the
Partnership. The TCI Transaction is being accounted for as a recapitalization of
FHGLP into the Partnership and the concurrent acquisition by the Partnership of
the TCI Systems.
 
     The consolidated financial statements include the accounts of the
Partnership and its subsidiary holding companies and cable television operating
partnerships and corporations, which include Falcon Cable Communications LLC
("Falcon LLC"), a Delaware limited liability company that serves as the general
manager of the cable television subsidiaries. The assets contributed by FHGLP to
the Partnership excluded certain immaterial investments, principally FHGLP's
ownership of 100% of the outstanding stock of Enstar Communications Corporation
("ECC"), which is the general partner and manager of fifteen limited
partnerships operating under the name "Enstar". ECC's ownership interest in the
Enstar partnerships ranges from 0.5% to 5%. Upon the consummation of the TCI
Transaction, the management of the Enstar partnerships was assigned to the
Partnership by FHGLP. The consolidated statements of operations and statements
of cash flows for the year ended December 31, 1998 include FHGLP's interest in
ECC for the nine months ended September 30, 1998. The effects of ECC's
operations on all previous periods presented are immaterial.
 
     Prior to closing the TCI Transaction, FHGLP owned and operated cable
television systems in 23 states. FHGLP also controlled, held varying equity
interests in and managed certain other cable television partnerships (the
"Affiliated Partnerships") for a fee. FHGLP is a limited partnership, the sole
general partner of which is Falcon Holding Group, Inc., a California corporation
("FHGI"). FHGI also holds a 1% interest in certain of the subsidiaries of the
Partnership. At the beginning of 1998, the Affiliated Partnerships were
comprised of Falcon Classic Cable Income Properties, L.P. ("Falcon Classic")
whose cable television systems are referred to as the "Falcon Classic Systems,"
Falcon Video and the Enstar partnerships. As discussed in Note 3, the Falcon
Classic Systems were acquired by FHGLP during 1998. The Falcon Video Systems
were acquired on September 30, 1998 in connection with the TCI Transaction. As a
result of these transactions, the Affiliated Partnerships consist solely of the
Enstar partnerships from October 1, 1998 forward.
 
     All significant intercompany accounts and transactions have been eliminated
in consolidation. The consolidated financial statements do not give effect to
any assets that the partners may have
 
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