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The lawsuit alleges that Frontier Communications failed to deliver on advertised DSL Internet speeds and for engaging in unfair billing practices by charging for more expensive Internet service than provided.
Over 900 providers are participating in the program and enrollments include households in all 50 states, Washington, DC, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and American Samoa.
Just a few days after Verizon and TracFone submitted more than 21,000 pages of documents in response to concerns raised about the transaction, the companies asked the FCC to "move expeditiously to approve" the merger.
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.
"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.