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With 39 percent of households in Lumen’s footprint lacking access to broadband, CWA and NDIA demand Lumen invest in next-generation networks and its highly skilled union workforce.
The workers say the company is hiring too many outside contractors and bargaining in bad faith in negotiations that have been ongoing since March.
The report finds that the most influential telecommunications companies and related trade associations spent more than $234 million on lobbying and federal elections during the 116th Congress—an average of more than $320,000 a day.
To win regulatory approval, T-Mobile promised that the merged company would be job positive "from day one."
"We love our jobs, we love working at Glitch, which is why we wanted to ensure we have a lasting voice at this company and lasting protections. This contract does that, and I hope tech workers across the industry can see that unions and start-ups are not incompatible," said Katie Lundsgaard, a software engineer at Glitch.
"Ensuring that all Americans have access to utility services during this pandemic is too important to be left to the discretion of individual utility companies," said CWA President Chris Shelton. "Essential workers have been on the job throughout the COVID-19 crisis making sure that households and businesses stay connected to energy, water, and communications services. We need a national moratorium on utility shutoffs so that service providers hold up their end of the bargain."
AT&T and Frontier fought for nearly two years to prevent the public release of the report finding that they allowed their copper networks to deteriorate over the last decade.
The Connect America Fund Phase II auction awarded $505.7 million to CenturyLink to deploy broadband to 1.17 million homes and $283.4 million to Frontier to deploy broadband to 659,587 homes by December 31, 2020.
The fees cover Frontier’s general network expenses but are not included in advertised rates when a customer signs up for service.
CWA and the Minnesota Attorney General had urged the Minnesota PUC to impose deployment and investment conditions on Frontier.
In a letter to the FCC, the attorneys general detailed how Verizon's acquisition of TracFone could negatively impact the Lifeline program, which provides a subsidy for communications services to millions of low-income consumers.