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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.”
"We need to start seeing infrastructure through its effect on the lives of working people in America. What is the foundation today that they need to carve out their place in the middle class? ... That's what infrastructure means in the 21st Century,” said President Joe Biden. “It still depends on roads and bridges, ports and airports, rail and mass transit. But it also depends on having reliable high-speed internet in every home. Because today's high-speed internet is infrastructure.”
If approved, as currently structured, the merger would present significant public internet harms to Lifeline subscribers and competition in the wireless market, impacting the ability of low-income households to access critical communications services.“
CWA Local 6222 Vice President Belinda Aguilar, an AT&T Mobility worker, explained how hedge fund Elliott Management's attack on AT&T has led to more outsourcing of good retail jobs to non-union authorized dealers.
"I'm ecstatic at this settlement, it's a huge win for me and all contract employees at Google and other Alphabet companies," said Shannon Wait, a member of CWA Local 1400's Alphabet Workers Union (AWU). "It's far too easy for contractors like Modis to make us believe that we aren't allowed to publicly discuss our working conditions or join unions, and Alphabet and Google turn a blind eye to this gaslighting. Now, because I had the support of my union to call them out on it, they'll be forced to inform us all of our rights."
"Verizon's acquisition of TracFone as it stands today could harm millions of low-income families during a pandemic," said CWA Senior Researcher Brian Thorn. "The FCC has a responsibility to step in and ask what Verizon will do to protect consumers from further consolidation of the wireless industry."
The FCC will reimburse eligible carriers $50 per month ($75 per month on Tribal lands) to provide discounted broadband service and $100 per eligible household reimbursement for a connected device.
To win regulatory approval, T-Mobile promised that the merged company would be job positive "from day one."