Consumer Protections and Good Jobs

Verizon shares are down 4 percent to $49.68 and the company warned that the ongoing strike by CWA and IBEW members could damage second quarter earnings.
Verizon made $39 billion in profits over the last three years ? and $1.8 billion a month in profits over the first three months of 2016 ? but the company is still insisting on givebacks that would devastate jobs.
Transparency will incent companies to compete with one another for informed customers by providing the best service at the best price.
While many corporate acquisitions result in job cuts, in this instance, Frontier will hire more than 200 additional workers to improve service. Frontier?s workforce is 100 percent based in the United States.
Somehow Netflix -- a vocal advocate of full transparency on the Internet -- thinks it doesn?t have to follow those same rules.
More than 2,000 DirecTV technicians, warehouse and administrative workers in California and Nevada now have a CWA voice.
?We urge you to act as a responsible corporate citizen, and negotiate a fair contract with the employees who make your company?s success possible,? the letter concludes. ?We look forward to a prompt and fair resolution of these issues.?
According to the Federal Register notice, the rules are designed ?to provide interconnecting entities adequate time to prepare their networks for the planned copper retirements and to ensure that consumers are able to make informed choices.?
?The service quality for these customers is just not meeting our service standards for the state,? said PSC Chairwoman Audrey Zibelman. ?We have an obligation to make sure their needs are being met.?