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The $4.5 billion a year Universal Service Fund USF high-cost Program provides access to modern communications networks capable of providing broadband service for consumers in rural, insular, and high-cost areas.
CWA members and other groups gathered outside the courthouse to express their concerns about the merger and show their support for the 14 state attorneys general who filed the lawsuit to block the merger.
CWA members will participate in a global day of labor union action on December 10, International Human Rights Day, to protest the severe repression of labor union and other activists in the Philippines.
The two unions represent call center workers who are employed at many of the same companies or who work at vendors that handle customer service work for those companies.
“This is a big victory for over 100,000 New Mexicans who continue to rely on residential phone service, particularly in rural areas,” said Brenda Roberts, CWA District 7 Vice President. “We have seen the disastrous effects of deregulation in other states.
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.
Frontier faces service quality investigations by state regulators in Ohio, Minnesota, California, Connecticut, Nevada, New York, and West Virginia.
“The Commission finds that robust quality of service regulation is more likely to encourage CenturyLink to maintain and repair its wireline infrastructure," said New Mexico Public Regulation Commission in its order.