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InvestorsDecember 11, 2000

Charter Communications Selects Nortel Networks and ANTEC for IP Cable Field Trial; Trial to Test IP Over Cable Carrier-Grade Telephony and High-Speed Data Services

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ST. LOUIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 11, 2000--Charter Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:CHTR), today announced an agreement with Nortel Networks(1) and ANTEC to conduct an end-to-end IP over cable telephony field trial in St. Louis. The trial will use carrier-grade cable equipment from Nortel Networks Succession(1) portfolio and Arris Interactive, a joint venture between Nortel Networks and ANTEC.

John Pietri, Charter's Senior Vice President of Engineering, said the integrated voice and data services trial will involve up to 500 residents in the St. Louis area. "This effort involving Nortel Networks, Arris Interactive and ANTEC, will provide the technological and operational expertise necessary for Charter to deploy IP telephony," said Mr. Pietri.

"We're pleased to work with Charter as they evaluate a carrier-grade end-to-end IP telephony solution," said Dan Middleton, vice president Local Internet, Nortel Networks. "This field trial will showcase the reliability, robustness and performance of Nortel Networks Succession cable network, which will position Charter to deliver next generation IP services."

"Charter is rapidly becoming one of the new carrier grade next generation service providers with the development of the end-to-end IP solutions for delivery of converged services," said Bob Stanzione, President and CEO, ANTEC. "The content of the Arris Cornerstone(R) Packet Port(TM) assures a robust and highly reliable network right to the side of the subscribers house.

High performance layer 2 and layer 3 hardware and carrier grade networks enables Charter to offer a new era of applications as well as increased revenue opportunities."

With more than 6.3 million customers, Charter Communications, a Wired World(TM) company, is among the nation's largest broadband communications companies. Charter offers an array of advanced broadband services, including cable television under the Charter Cable TV brand; advanced digital video programming services under the Charter Digital Cable(TM) brand; and high-speed Internet access via Charter Pipeline(TM). Charter's Class A common stock is traded on the Nasdaq National Market under the ticker symbol "CHTR." More information about Charter can be found on the Internet at

Statements in this press release regarding Charter Communications' business that are not historical facts may be "forward-looking statements." Forward-looking statements are inherently subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from any such forward-looking statements are identified in the reports and documents Charter files from time to time with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

(1) Nortel Networks and Succession are trademarks of Nortel



CONTACT: Charter Communications Inc., St. Louis
Anita Lamont, 314/543-2215
Mary Jo Moehle, 314/543-2397