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Students without home Internet flood the branches ? especially in low-income areas of the metro. And frequently have to wait or receive outdated and inadequate computer equipment.
Cablevision alternately threatened and bribed New York workers to vote against joining CWA. As a result, the New York City Council is asking the city to ?proceed with extreme caution? before awarding any contract to Cablevision.
"Instead of finding ways to deny telephone access to the neediest Americans, lawmakers should be looking to expand Lifeline to include broadband internet."
Recently, Commissioner Mignon Clyburn wrote in the FCC blog, "?Since 1985, Lifeline has offered a discount on phone service to low-income consumer."
The Syracuse Common Council passed a resolution August 26, calling on ?... Verizon Communications... to build its all-fiber FiOS network throughout the city.?
Today, 13 major national education associations wrote to the FCC "to express our strong concerns with proposed changes we believe will only dilute an already over-subscribed E-rate Program [and fail] to meet the needs of urban, rural and low-density populated areas."
In a huge win for Verizon Wireless workers, retail store workers at six Verizon Wireless stores in Brooklyn, N.Y., voted for a union voice and representation by CWA Local 1109.
As New York City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio had often complained that Verizon?s FiOS broadband service was underbuilt and overpriced. Now he's mayor and he's still saying it.
According to the Leading Education by Advancing Digital Commission, ?An overwhelming 83% of voters support a proposal to put high-speed Internet access in all American public schools within the next 5 years.
An American Library Association official said, ?ConnectED must include professional development and support for school librarians... to ensure students have the digital literacy and research skills necessary to effectively use those devices.?