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“[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.”
Arizona Corporation Commissioners questioned Frontier CEO Nick Jeffery on the unequal treatment of tribal workers amid the company's failure to meet its Arizona broadband deployment targets.
A new report issued by the AFL-CIO, its 30th annual Death on the Job Report, reveals that every day, on average, 275 U.S. workers die from hazardous working conditions. CWA Local 3808 member Eric Chapman, an AT&T worker in Nashville, spoke at an AFL-CIO press event about two CWA members from his local who recently died – deaths that the union believes could have been prevented.
Eligible low-income households can receive $50 a month in broadband subsidies through an approved provider or by visiting https://getemergencybroadband.org.
Legislation has already been introduced in California, Colorado, and New York, and CWA is in active conversations with policymakers in state houses across the country.
AT&T continued to eliminate thousands of jobs during a global health and economic emergency to satisfy Wall Street demands for profits at any cost.
New information requests filed this week for both companies will allow the FCC to better evaluate whether the deal will serve the public interest.
The goal is to ensure public safety and network resilience while protecting consumers and closing the digital divide. CWA's efforts complement the Biden administration's American Jobs Plan, which includes $100 billion for expanding broadband coverage and creating good jobs in the industry.