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NYC finalized its franchise agreements with providers setting the lease terms for wireless companies looking to install equipment on public property. For the first time, the City included worker safety transparency requirements that require companies to provide annual reports on subcontracting and safety policies.
“CenturyLink broke the law by fraudulently overbilling hundreds of thousands of Minnesotans and illegally raising the price Minnesotans had to pay for the company's service,” said MN Attorney General Keith Ellison.
Union planned to picket Democratic presidential debate due to longstanding labor dispute.
According to an analysis by the Urban Institute, 48 percent of households in the predominantly African-American neighborhoods have broadband subscriptions, while 84 percent of households in predominantly white neighborhoods have broadband subscriptions.
The new agreements provide wage increases of 10.5 percent over the life of the contracts, cap health care costs, and preserve jobs.
“An unacceptable delay in responding to these requests has created a serious backlog numbering in the thousands, which is causing construction delays and other issues,” said Commissioner Sandra D. Kennedy.
USF programs include the Connect America Fund for rural communities, E-Rate, the Lifeline program for low-income households, and the Rural Health Care program.
“Widespread access to strong broadband internet will help bridge the divide for rural Americans to participate in the gains of the digital economy,” said Rep. Khanna.
“The news that Texas has joined the states’ lawsuit underscores that the T-Mobile-Sprint merger is and remains anti-competitive and harmful to consumers and workers,” said Debbie Goldman, CWA’s Research and Telecommunications Policy Director.
“We believe that it is critical that any proposal offered by the Commission provide consumers, state, local and tribal government entities the opportunity to challenge erroneous coverage data,” the senators wrote.
CWA President Chris Shelton: T-Mobile-Sprint merger “remains a bad deal for American workers and consumers.”