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This haphazard retirement of DSL without alternatives available is the outcome of the FCC’s 2018 Order relaxing consumer protection standards around the IP transition.
“There is a huge swath of communities along the westside of Fresno County that lack basic infrastructure for broadband,” said Stan Santos, a splicing technician for AT&T and a member of CWA Local 9408. “As the incumbent local exchange carrier, my employer, AT&T, is directly responsible for this failure to connect our communities to broadband.”
“CenturyLink continues to try to shirk its responsibility to over 100,000 New Mexicans who rely on the company for residential phone service, particularly in rural areas” said Brenda Roberts, CWA District 7 Vice President. “Fortunately, New Mexico has not adopted the deregulation agenda being pushed by corporations who are more interested in serving their big stockholders than their customers.”
In their letters to AT&T CEO John Stankey, the elected officials laid out a set of specific recommendations to help America's economic recovery.
If approved, Verizon will become the largest US prepaid provider with about 25 million subscribers.
The outage took down several websites and Internet services including Reddit, Hulu, and Amazon Web Services.
A new poll of 1,938 individuals by the Internet Innovation Alliance finds that ninety percent of US voters support closing the digital divide through federal funds and sixty-two percent want Congress to “immediately” deploy broadband Internet to unserved areas.
Students in the Homework Gap are forced to gather in the parking lots outside schools, public libraries, and fast food restaurants in hopes of getting a wifi connection.
“A strong response is critical given the supreme importance of connectivity while the country continues its efforts to combat the unprecedented and devastating COVID-19 pandemic,” wrote members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
This is the first time the FCC has fined a carrier for its failure to provide accurate broadband deployment data.
“COVID-19 continues to reveal to the public and policymakers alike that a reliable Internet connection is an absolute necessity in the modern world,” concludes the BroadbandNow report.