The four-year extension agreement covers 17,000 wireline employees in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas.
Millions of working families don’t have access to high-speed broadband or are unable to afford it, a crisis that is exacerbated by the pandemic.
Report finds that Verizon and San Diego’s public-private partnership to build out the city’s 5G network benefits Verizon but fails to hold the company accountable to the citizens of San Diego.
“The Heroes Act is an important next step in our country’s response to the COVID-19 crisis, providing compensation and critical health and safety protections for workers,” CWA said in a press statement.
The average 5G speed in the US is 52.3 Mbps, compared to 224 Mbps in South Korea.
"It is clearer than ever that affordable broadband is essential,” the letter reads. “Yet tens of millions of Americans don't have broadband Internet at home."
The failed $3.9 billion deal would have resulted in a broadcast behemoth, harming localism, reducing viewpoint diversity, and killing jobs.
According to the FCC, 18.3 million people in the US still lacked access to fixed broadband speeds of 25/3 Mbps in 2018. Unfortunately, the FCC’s data likely understates the problem.
The employees targeted for interrogation by Verizon had signed a petition calling on Verizon to implement in-person anti-racism training across the entire company.
“As our financial, educational, social, civic, and healthcare needs become more dependent on the Internet during this crisis, Congress must commit to ensuring that no one loses connectivity,” urged the Senators.
“I was disappointed that T-Mobile drove in high level managers to try to bust our union,” said Monica Luna, who works in the Del Rio T-Mobile store. “Having us in close quarters with union busting managers didn’t seem essential. It put us at more risk for getting COVID-19, not less.“