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The former Nokia employees worked in now-closed Omaha Telecommunications facility; many could lose health insurance through no fault of their own.
The Broadband Research Base is a searchable collection of reports, studies, and journal articles that address the impact of broadband and digital inclusion on community and individual well-being.
“Both the original transaction and proposed settlement agreement raise the threat of higher phone bills, less choice, fewer jobs, and worse wages for hardworking Americans,” said House Antitrust Subcommittee Chairman David N. Cicilline (D-RI).
The Universal Service Fund supports programs like Lifeline and the Connect America Fund to make broadband service available to all.
The US Call Center Worker and Consumer Protection Act would ensure that taxpayer dollars are not rewarding companies that offshore their customer service work.
An estimated 17 percent of US students do not have access to computers at home, and 18 percent do not have broadband internet access at home, AP reports.
Despite promises to create jobs and invest in rural communities, AT&T is cutting jobs and neglecting rural network improvements in Wisconsin, Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana.
“The states’ action today is a welcome development for American workers and consumers and a reminder that regulators must take labor market concerns seriously when evaluating mergers,” said CWA President Chris Shelton.