“[W]e have to understand where communications fell short, where recovery took too long, and what changes can be made to make our networks more resilient before the next unthinkable event occurs,” said FCC Acting Chair Jessica Rosenworcel.
“As the state moves forward with its aggressive and laudable plans to ensure all Californians have access and the means to use broadband and wireless services, we must also collaboratively discuss the quality of those services,” said Amy Yip-Kikugawa, Acting Director of the Public Advocates Office.
“The company would prefer to work with all contractors,” said Frontier technician Tom Gardella to the LA Times. “[But] the contractors aren’t as invested as the employees. We’re in it for the quality because we’re in this for the long term. They’re in it for the piece-work.”
A new ad is hitting the airwaves in Maine to inform the public about a piece of legislation that would require telecom deals to be made in the best interest of the state. The ad, paid for by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), is the next chapter in the controversial proposed FairPoint and Verizon merger.
Hundreds of workers and consumers gathered at Waterfront Park in Burlington, Vermont, to protest Verizon's plan to sell its landlines in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont to FairPoint Communications, a small company based in North Carolina.
CWA Speed Matters activists in Iowa report that the recent video franchise bill that Governor Chet Culver signed is "a giant step in the right direction." The legislation simplifies the process through which companies receive permission to offer video services, like IPTV and Cable Television in the state.
With an eye to Virginia's success in bringing high tech employment to rural areas, officials in Illinois are working hard to extend high speed Internet service to rural and underserved areas of the state.
The movement to achieve universal high speed internet access had taken hold all over the U.S. The latest region to take steps to break the digital divide is the Mississippi Delta.
Great news out of New York this week. The Telecommunications Reform Act passed out of committee in the state Assembly by an 18-4 vote. That's a very strong margin of victory, and it shows that support for this important bill continues to grow.
Tennessee currently ranks 37th in high speed internet usage, due to limited availability leading to only one fourth of households subscribing to high speed service. Recently Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen announced the creation of a new non-profit organization tasked with improving high speed internet access for the residents of Tennessee.
Members of Congress have been home this week for their Memorial Day work period, and CWA members across the country have been busy talking to their Representatives and Senators about the importance of high-speed Internet, sharing state-specific results of our online speed test, and building support for the Broadband Data Improvement Act.