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CWA is calling on the CPUC to deny the merger in light of its continued failure to meet “any reasonable definition of the public interest.”
The state AG agreements with T-Mobile still leave large rural gaps: Florida (27 percent), Colorado (26 percent), Nevada (17 percent) and Mississippi (12 percent) will not have access to the new T-Mobile's mid-band high-speed wireless network six years after the deal closes.
Consolidated Communications, the incumbent local carrier, has been able to offer services under a new network in Chesterfield, NH.
“This massive ‘sunny day’ outage was completely unacceptable and impacted millions of customers across the country. Americans expect and deserve reliable phone and broadband service—especially the ability to call 911,” said FCC Chairman Pai.
“The abusive and predatory practices alleged in the new lawsuit are a disturbing indictment of T-Mobile’s management and reinforce CWA’s continued concerns about the impact of the proposed T-Mobile-Sprint merger, especially on workers and low-income consumers,” said Debbie Goldman, Research and Telecommunications Policy Director for CWA.
History has shown us that we cannot just trust carriers to keep their word when it comes to protecting consumers during the transition to digital, and no American deserves to be left behind in the digital era.
The letter expresses concern that the proposed T-Mobile-Sprint merger “will mean the loss of American jobs, cuts in wages and commissions, and a corresponding reduction in quality to our customers” and requests “solid and verifiable assurances that the New T-Mobile will not discard the front line workers who have made T-Mobile and Sprint so successful.”
“There is broad agreement that the USF programs are working, and that the Commission’s proposal risks undermining their success,” wrote Brian Thorn of CWA. “Rather than cap USF funding, the Commission should reform the outdated Universal Service Fund contribution mechanisms.”
“CWA members’ spirit and solidarity over the last four days showed the company that we would not back down until they bargained with us in good faith,” said CWA District 3 Vice President Richard Honeycutt. “This was a historic strike that showed the power that working people have when they join together.”
“We came to investigate where AT&T is sending its calls. We knew a lot were going to the Philippines. What we’ve found is that AT&T is preying on workers here. They’re getting paid less than $2/hr and don’t have basic rights,” said Natalie Santiago, Executive Vice President of CWA Local 3122 in Miami, Florida.