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The FCC will consider an item at its October meeting that will reform inmate calling services. The reforms, if approved, will apply to all types of calls ? local, long distance, and international ? and establish caps on all inmate calling rates.
CWA and the AFL-CIO, civil rights groups, public interest and consumer organizations, education advocates and library associations all filed comments at the FCC urging the agency to modernize the low-income subsidy program to support broadband services, quality standards, and to establish a neutral third-party eligibility verifier.
The joint Reply Comments support the FCC's proposal to update the Lifeline program and offer specific recommendations to promote the affordability of broadband services for low-income families.
Even as the country grows more diverse, women and people of color are excluded from positions of control in the industry.
Amsterdam-based Altice will pay $34.90 per share ? an equity value of $9.6 billion and roughly $17.7 billion including the company?s debt ? for Cablevision, and, if approved, the acquisition would create the fourth largest cable operator in the United States.
The FCC found that the transfer of ownership was likely to benefit the public interest through increased investment in local networks and broadband services, and therefore imposed no conditions on the sale.
A broad range of groups supported modernization of the Lifeline low-income subsidy program in comments filed in response to the Federal Communications Commission?s (FCC) proposal to update the Lifeline program to include broadband. Modernizing the program, the groups agreed, would help achieve the program?s goal of delivering modern communications services to low-income families, allowing full participation in 21st century life.
Verizon told the FCC it spends less than one percent of the average phone and DSL customer?s rate on upkeep of the network.
In joint comments to the FCC, CWA and the AFL-CIO supported the Commission's proposal to update the Lifeline program to include broadband and promote the affordability of broadband services to low-income families.
Verizon today became the only major U.S. telecommunications company to turn down federal funding to build broadband in unserved, primarily rural, communities, leaving many residents in eight states and the District of Columbia without access to vital communications options. The company was offered $568 million over six years by the Federal government to bring broadband to 270,000 locations.