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S-1/A
CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS, INC. /MO/ filed this Form S-1/A on 11/04/1999
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covenants will result in a default under the applicable debt agreement or
instrument, which could trigger acceleration of the debt. Any default under our
credit facilities or the indentures governing outstanding debt securities may
adversely affect our growth, our financial condition and our results of
operations.
 
     IMPORTANCE OF GROWTH STRATEGY AND RELATED RISKS.   We expect that a
substantial portion of any of our future growth will be achieved through
revenues from additional services and the acquisition of additional cable
systems. We cannot assure you that we will be able to offer new services
successfully to our customers or that those new services will generate revenues.
In addition, the acquisition of additional cable systems may not have a positive
net impact on our operating results. Acquisitions involve a number of special
risks, including diversion of management's attention, failure to retain key
acquired personnel, risks associated with unanticipated events or liabilities
and difficulties in assimilation of the operations of the acquired companies,
some or all of which could have a material adverse effect on our business,
results of operations and financial condition. If we are unable to grow our cash
flow sufficiently, we may be unable to fulfill our obligations or obtain
alternative financing.
 
     MANAGEMENT OF GROWTH.   As a result of the acquisition of the Charter
companies by Paul G. Allen, our merger with Marcus Holdings and our recent and
pending acquisitions, we have experienced and will continue to experience rapid
growth that has placed and is expected to continue to place a significant strain
on our management, operations and other resources. Our future success will
depend in part on our ability to successfully integrate the operations acquired
and to be acquired and to attract and retain qualified personnel. Historically,
acquired entities have had minimal employee benefit related costs and all
benefit plans have been terminated with acquired employees transferring to our
401(k) plan. No significant severance cost is expected in conjunction with the
recent and pending acquisitions. The failure to retain or obtain needed
personnel or to implement management, operating or financial systems necessary
to successfully integrate acquired operations or otherwise manage growth when
and as needed could have a material adverse effect on our business, results of
operations and financial condition.
 
     In connection with our pending acquisitions, we have formed
multi-disciplinary teams to formulate plans for establishing customer service
centers, identifying property, plant and equipment requirements and possible
reduction of headends. Headends are the control centers of a cable television
system, where incoming signals are amplified, converted, processed and combined
for transmission to customers. These teams also determine market position and
how to attract talented personnel. Our goals include rapid transition in
achieving performance objectives and implementing "best practice" procedures.
 
     REGULATION AND LEGISLATION.   Cable systems are extensively regulated at
the federal, state, and local level. These regulations have increased the
administrative and operational expenses of cable television systems and affected
the development of cable competition. Rate regulation of cable systems has been
in place since passage of the Cable Television Consumer Protection and
Competition Act of 1992, although the scope of this regulation
 
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