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CorporateOctober 13, 2010

Industry Leader Joins Charter Executive Team

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ST. LOUIS, Oct. 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Charter Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq: CHTR) today announced the appointment of Don Detampel to its leadership team as Executive Vice President and President, Commercial Services. The commercial arm of the nation's fourth-largest broadband communications company provides scalable, tailored and cost-effective broadband solutions to small and medium-size business (SMB), enterprise and carrier customers.

"Charter is in a strong, competitive position with significant opportunity in the commercial space," said Michael Lovett, Charter's President and CEO. "Under the leadership of Senior Vice President Jim McGann, we've generated significant growth in the business communications market, and Don's experience will further enhance our growth potential. His strong strategic planning abilities are complemented by equally strong financial, operational and technological innovation skills."

Mr. McGann, who has worked previously with Mr. Detampel, said, "Don's 30-plus years of experience in telecommunications in the B2B space will serve Charter well as we move further up market. I look forward to working with him to take Charter's business services to the next level."

Mr. Detampel joins Charter from New Global Telecom, Inc. (NGT), a wholesale provider of VoIP services to non-traditional telephony providers.  NGT was acquired by Comcast Corporation earlier this year. Mr. Detampel served as NGT's Executive Chairman prior to the acquisition.

During his three decades in hosting, telecommunications and network infrastructure, he has guided technologically sophisticated companies through their growth stages into stable and mature companies, including Raindance Communications, OneSecure, ConferTech International, Schneider Communications and GlobalCenter, a former wholly owned subsidiary of Global Crossing.

Mr. Detampel has served on the boards of many U.S. and international companies. He currently serves on the Boards of Directors of Masergy Communications, Inc., Peer 1 Networks, Inc. and Zayo Group, LLC, and also on the Advisory Board of Advanced Data Centers, Inc.

About Charter

Charter is a leading broadband communications company and the fourth-largest cable operator in the United States. Charter provides a full range of advanced broadband services, including advanced Charter TV™ video entertainment programming, Charter Internet™ access, and Charter Phone™. Charter Business® similarly provides scalable, tailored, and cost-effective broadband communications solutions to business organizations, such as business-to-business Internet access, data networking, business telephone, video and music entertainment services, and wireless backhaul. Charter's advertising sales and production services are sold under the Charter Media® brand. More information about Charter can be found at

About Charter Business

Charter Business® provides business organizations with scalable, tailored, and cost-effective broadband communications solutions, including business-to-business Internet access, data networking, business telephone, video and music entertainment services and wireless backhaul. Catering to the unique broadband needs of business customers, Charter Business offers competitively priced bundled products over its state-of-the-art, fiber-based network, helping businesses in a variety of industries maximize efficiency while continuing to grow. Charter Business is Metro Ethernet Forum Certified. More information about Charter Business can be found at


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SOURCE Charter Communications, Inc.