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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.
"One call center closing can devastate an entire community," CWA Local 1298's Jim Case testified. "The core of this bill is simple: no state taxpayer money should be used for companies that ship our jobs out of the state."
Shelton recommended $80 billion in funding for broadband deployment and that Congress establish standards to create and protect good jobs, including making sure that workers are able to exercise their collective bargaining rights.
“CWA remains committed to working with Frontier to provide the best possible service to Connecticut customers and to ensure that Frontier lives up to both the letter and spirit of this decision,” said Dave Weidlich, CWA Local 1298 president.
“Verizon’s acquisition of TracFone as it stands today could harm millions of low-income families during a pandemic,” said Brian Thorn, Senior Researcher, CWA. “Now is certainly not the time to depend on the generosity of a corporation to continue providing communications services that millions of low-income Americans rely on. The FCC has a responsibility to step in and ask what Verizon will do to protect consumers from further consolidation of the wireless industry.”
OATS and Humana Foundation launch a new effort to bring high-speed broadband to over a million older Americans by 2022.
“As an FCC Commissioner, she has been a persistent advocate for greater access to telecommunications services for all Americans. She understands the needs and concerns of the people who are most affected by the FCC’s decisions -- teachers and students, health care workers and patients, first responders and small businesses, and tens of thousands of telecom and media workers, including CWA members.”
The Emergency Broadband Benefit Program directs the FCC to 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.