Robert A. Brooks, 69, a Midwestern telecommunications...


Robert A. Brooks, 69, a Midwestern telecommunications entrepreneur who started several high-tech companies, died Tuesday in St. Louis of complications after surgery.

Mr. Brooks was founder or co-founder of five companies, including Cencom Cable Associates and Brooks Fiber Properties, two companies that he sold in the 1990s. Cencom was a predecessor to cable television giant Charter Communications Inc., now owned by Microsoft Corp. co-founder Paul Allen.

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