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“A complex remedy that carries a high risk of failure and exposes the public to substantial economic harm if it fails is not in the ‘public interest,’” said CWA.
Instead of doing the right thing by acknowledging workers’ dedication and investing in American jobs, AT&T is doing a billionaire’s bidding by putting its workers on the chopping block and abandoning these communities.
The legislation establishes two $125 million grant programs to promote digital equity nationwide.
“Rather than deter misconduct, the signal here is that the fines or monetary penalties will be a fraction of what they should be,” said Sen. Richard Blumenthal.
“The USF programs were not intended to compete against each other for funding and pitting them against each other for funding does nothing to advance the goal of achieving universal service,” said the Congressional letter.
The contract also adds protections against discrimination based on marital status, sexual orientation, and gender identity and expression.
CenturyLink’s failure to maintain its copper infrastructure jeopardizes service quality and poses significant safety hazards to employees and the public.
“The safety of my constituents is my highest priority and the fact that so many of them are unable to do something as basic as calling 911 for assistance is unacceptable,” said Sen. Joe Manchin.
“The [FirstNet] network equips first responders with priority and preemption across all of the network’s spectrum bands, including Band 14, which Congress dedicated specifically to public safety and no other platform has access to,” said Claude Cummings Jr, CWA District 6 Vice President.
The agreements come after a long campaign to raise public awareness of CWA members’ concerns, particularly around job security.