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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.”
“As the coronavirus places new strains on our economy and households across the country, we need to make sure that no one is left behind when it comes to communications,” said Commissioner Rosenworcel.
“This law will restore collective bargaining rights and wages, while making sure that 9-1-1 funds will be used exclusively to handle emergency calls, in accordance with federal law and regulations," said Aramis Cruz-Domínguez, CWA Local 3010 President.
Union representing more than 58,000 California workers calls for greater transparency around critical facilities, encourages CPUC to release study on network infrastructure and service quality.
The tentative agreement provides for pay raises, affordable healthcare, and increased pension benefits. It also maintains existing job offer guarantee provisions in the event of layoffs.
"The FCC kept consumers in the dark for nearly two years after we learned that wireless carriers were selling our location information to shady middlemen,” said FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel.
AT&T’s response to this crisis -- employee bonuses, enhanced safety procedures, sick and family leave protection, and suspension of stock buybacks -- should be a model for other corporations, CWA said.
The settlement includes a $7 million fine, $1.9 refund to customers, and $2 million fiber infrastructure improvement.