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The upcoming season for cable TV could see yet another merger. Charter Communications - the nationwide cable giant whose properties include Spectrum, formerly Time Warner Cable - is weighing a fresh plan to acquire Atlanta-based Cox Communications, three sources told The Post. Charter Chief Executive Tom Rutledge is eyeing family-owned Cox despite the fact that the latter has repeatedly rejected overtures from larger rivals, industry insiders say. "Tom wants to buy Cox," said one highly placed cable source. Another confirmed the news, but stressed there have been no formal approaches. "If they’re going to sell it to anyone, they're going to sell it to an old cable guy," one industry source said. Rutledge is a former chief operating officer at Cablevision, which was acquired for $17.7 billion from the Dolan family last year by French-based Altice NV, which has also acquired Suddenlink. Cox, the third-largest cable company in the US with 6.2 million customers, has long said it isn’t for sale.

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