said by nunya:The purpose of business is to make money... Period.
From the 1940's all the way until the 1984 divestiture (break-up), the DOJ vigorously pursued AT&T for these same practices (Bell System Property - Not For Sale).
Another example would be cable cards and cable boxes. Though it failed miserably (thanks to the cable companies efforts).
This is a money grab. Charter isn't stupid. I'm sure they have a lot of highly paid lawyers who have looked at this and said, "yep, it's illegal".
The goal is to reap as much cash as possible before the racket gets shut down and the jig is up.
Charter puts themselves in the "cat-bird-seat" by crowning themselves king of all the equipment in their geographic territory. Now, equipment manufacturers will be fawning at Charters feet trying to get that contract to be the "the one". Charter will get ridiculously low pricing on equipment. I'm sure they will be passing those savings on the consumer, right?
Maybe the DOJ should get a head start on this.