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Telehealth visits increased from 15 percent in 2019 to 40 percent in 2020.
The Emergency Broadband Benefit Program directs the FCC to reimburse eligible carriers $50 per month ($75 per month on Tribal lands) to provide discounted broadband service and $100 per eligible household reimbursement for a connected device.
CWA and The Utility Reform Network (TURN) had raised concerns about Frontier’s intention to follow through on promised investment to improve service.
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.”
CWA urged the FCC to raise its broadband download speed benchmark to 100 Mbps, continue to find that mobile services are no substitute for fixed broadband, and do more to close the digital divide in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.
AT&T is making the digital divide worse and failing its customers and workers by not investing in crucial buildout of fiber-optic infrastructure that is the standard for broadband networks worldwide.
Decreasing the number of corporate stores is part of the game plan proposed a year ago when vulture hedge fund Elliott Management took a small stake in AT&T.
“This survey shows that Americans are alarmed about the negative impact that a handful of giant technology platforms are having on their daily lives,” said George Slover, senior policy counsel at Consumer Reports.