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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.
Thirteen states and the District of Columbia now signed onto antitrust complaint recognizing harms to workers, consumers, and communities across america posed by the T-Mobile-Sprint merger
The bill contains strong protections for call center jobs in New York, it ends tax breaks for companies that ship at least 30% of their workforce out of state, and requires state agencies to ensure that all business-related call center work is performed by companies located in New York.
The Universal Service Fund supports programs like Lifeline and the Connect America Fund to make broadband service available to all.
The US Call Center Worker and Consumer Protection Act would ensure that taxpayer dollars are not rewarding companies that offshore their customer service work.
An estimated 17 percent of US students do not have access to computers at home, and 18 percent do not have broadband internet access at home, AP reports.