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“Although the FCC Order acknowledges the merger will likely lead to store closures and job loss, the FCC fails to protect workers with employment-related conditions,” said Debbie Goldman, CWA Research and Telecommunications Policy Director.
The lawsuit undermines T-Mobile’s commitments to rural communities as it prepares to defend itself in another lawsuit by the attorneys general from the District of Columbia and 15 states challenging the proposed T-Mobile-Sprint merger.
The outage prevented hundreds of 911 calls from reaching emergency operators.
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.”
22,000 union members continue negotiations with AT&T in the Southeast amid job cuts, broken promises to workers.