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Charter Communications' Spectrum trucks are shown in the parking lot at a Spectrum customer center in Orlando, Fla. 

The months-long dispute between the state and Charter Communications appears to be over. 

The state Department of Public Service announced a proposed agreement with Charter that would allow the company to remain in New York. It would require Charter, which operates as Charter Spectrum in New York, to expand broadband service. 

Under the terms of the proposed deal, Charter would expand broadband service to 145,000 businesses and residences in upstate New York by Sept. 30, 2021. 

Charter would provide $12 million for broadband expansion, primarily for unserved and underserved properties. 

"If approved by the Public Service Commission, the proposed agreement will allow the parties to move forward with the critical work of expanding access to broadband," said John Rhodes, CEO of the Department of Public Service. 

The agreement followed the escalation of a dispute between the state and Charter last year. The Public Service Commission initiated proceedings that would've prevented Charter from operating in New York. 

The state's main complaint was that Charter failed to deliver on its pledge to expand broadband service, especially in pockets of upstate that lack access to high-speed internet. 

Gov. Andrew Cuomo repeatedly criticized Charter, even as the Public Service Commission engaged in discussions with the company about a possible resolution. 

In October, Cuomo said Charter "has not lived up to their representations" to expand broadband service. 

With the agreement announced Friday, Charter Spectrum said in a statement that it would invest more money than it originally planned to expand broadband access. 

"Charter and the department believe that this action is an important step forward in making high-speed broadband available to all New Yorkers," the company added. "It allows the parties to move forward with the critical work of expanding access to broadband, by resolving their disagreements without the need for costly litigation." 

There will be a 60-day public comment period for the state to collect feedback. The agreement must be approved by the Public Service Commission. 

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