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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 -- (CONTINUED)
 
DERIVATIVE FINANCIAL INSTRUMENTS
 
     As part of the Partnership's management of financial market risk and as
required by certain covenants in its New Credit Agreement, the Partnership
enters into various transactions that involve contracts and financial
instruments with off-balance-sheet risk, principally interest rate swap and
interest rate cap agreements. The Partnership enters into these agreements in
order to manage the interest-rate sensitivity associated with its variable-rate
indebtedness. The differential to be paid or received in connection with
interest rate swap and interest rate cap agreements is recognized as interest
rates change and is charged or credited to interest expense over the life of the
agreements. Gains or losses for early termination of those contracts are
recognized as an adjustment to interest expense over the remaining portion of
the original life of the terminated contract.
 
     In June 1998, the Financial Accounting Standards Board ("FASB") issued
Statement of Financial Accounting Standards ("SFAS") No. 133, "Accounting for
Derivative Instruments and Hedging Activities," which is required to be adopted
in years beginning after June 15, 1999. The Partnership expects to adopt the new
statement effective January 1, 2000. SFAS 133 will require the Partnership to
recognize all derivatives on the balance sheet at fair value. Derivatives that
are not hedges must be adjusted to fair value through income. If the derivative
is a hedge, depending on the nature of the hedge, changes in the fair value of
derivatives are either offset against the changes in fair value of assets,
liabilities, or firm commitments through earnings or recognized in other
comprehensive income until the hedged item is recognized in earnings. The
ineffective portion of a derivative's change in fair value will be immediately
recognized in earnings. The Partnership believes that adoption of SFAS 133 will
not have a material impact on the Partnership's financial position or results of
operations.
 
INCOME TAXES
 
     The Partnership and its subsidiaries, except for Falcon First, are limited
partnerships or limited liability companies and pay no income taxes as entities
except for nominal taxes assessed by certain state jurisdictions. All of the
income, gains, losses, deductions and credits of the Partnership are passed
through to its partners. The basis in the Partnership's assets and liabilities
differs for financial and tax reporting purposes. At December 31, 1998, the book
basis of the Partnership's net assets exceeded its tax basis by $621.8 million.
 
REPORTING COMPREHENSIVE INCOME
 
     In June 1997, the FASB issued SFAS No. 130, "Reporting Comprehensive
Income," which established standards for the reporting and display of
comprehensive income and its components in a full set of comparative
general-purpose financial statements. SFAS 130 became effective for the
Partnership on January 1, 1998. The Partnership does not currently have items of
comprehensive income.
 
ADVERTISING COSTS
 
     All advertising costs are expensed as incurred.
 
USE OF ESTIMATES
 
     The preparation of financial statements in conformity with generally
accepted accounting principles requires management to make estimates and
assumptions that affect the amounts
 
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