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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.
“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.
CWA and The Utility Reform Network (TURN) had raised concerns about Frontier’s intention to follow through on promised investment to improve service.
“Blocking internet shutoffs means ensuring all families can connect to virtual learning, remote work, telehealth appointments, and critical information for participating in our democracy,” said Dana Floberg, policy manager at Free Press Action.
“We are deeply disappointed by Lumen’s recently announced decision to give the MLK Holiday to everyone except union members,” the letter reads. “We are asking you to make it right and extend the MLK paid holiday to all Lumen workers.”
“From fighting the ‘real names’ policy, to opposing Project Maven, to protesting the egregious, multi-million dollar payouts that have been given to executives who’ve committed sexual harassment, we’ve seen first-hand that Alphabet responds when we act collectively. Our new union provides a sustainable structure to ensure that our shared values as Alphabet employees are respected even after the headlines fade,” said Google Program Manager Nicki Anselmo.
CWA and AT&T will also extend their COVID-19 work from home agreement.