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“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.”
CWA and SOC Investment Group find Elliott intervention drives underperformance by target companies over three-year period.
A petition calls on Google to “immediately pay back all Temps, Vendors and Contractors (TVCs) who have been knowingly underpaid by Google” and to “create an immediate path to permanent employment for temporary workers and end its two-tiered perma-temp system.”
Virginia's communications consumers are at risk of losing one of their most important protections. The Communications Workers of America is standing up to try and stop this corporate attack on consumer rights.
Since the Sept. 11 terror attacks and the founding of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, there's been much attention paid to the communications tools available to first responders. High-speed internet access is critical for emergency personnel, yet some police and fire departments don't even have computers.
From Michigan comes a report about the doors opened by high-speed Internet access. The Lansing State Journal reports on a class aimed at increasing Internet skills for seniors, a demographic at danger of being left on the wrong side of the digital divide.
Comcast, a major provider of Internet access, has come under fire for shutting customers off if they violate an unstated "acceptable use" policy.
The digital divide is less binary, but rather more like a "digital dimmer switch," according to the Pew Center. Recently, the Pew Hispanic Center and the Pew Internet & American Life Project teamed up to produce a study on Latino internet use. The study found that non-Hispanic whites have a 71% internet participation rate, while Latino adults are hovering around a 56% participation rate. While the numbers tell one story, the study also found the internet-usage gap between whites and Latinos to be closing.
Add South Dakota to the list of places on the wrong side the digital divide. It's not just individual South Dakotans--even state universities and research centers cannot connect to a national high-speed network called Internet 3.
The Fiber to the Home Council, an industry association advocating for accelerated deployment of Fiber to the Home technology, has put together a compelling five-minute video that talks about the challenges of the ever-expanding Internet.
Speed Matters blogger Laura Unger notes that North Carolina is taking a step in the right direction with its school broadband connectivity initiative. She also thinks that to have a program that focuses on the schools and does not address the lack of access to the home is faulty. "It is like buying great textbooks for every student and then not allowing them to take them home to study use for their homework; it's like have a great teacher but making the kids leave their notes in school."