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Study: 4G Build Out Could Help Expand Economy

Could 4G be a tonic for a slumping U.S. economy? It won't be a cure-all, but might be a bracing source of major investment, says a new study from the giant consulting firm, Deloitte. "Investment in 4G mobile broadband networks," said Deloitte, "can fuel U.S. performance in the global race to exploit the potential of this advanced infrastructure..." Read More »

Broadband A Key To Job Searches

A recent study from the Washington-based Phoenix Center, confirmed that not only are Internet users less likely to drop out of the work force, but those who use broadband are even more likely to be employed or engaged in searching for work. Specifically, "broadband Internet users — whether at home or at shared public facilities — are about half as likely to give up job searches because of discouragement than those who do not use the Internet." Read More »

Sprint’s Gambit

Why exactly is Sprint seeking to block the AT&T/T-Mobile merger? The benefits to Sprint are obscure and possibly self-defeating, writes Washington telecom attorney Jonathan Lee in this blog post on Telecomsense. Read More »

AT&T/T-Mobile Merger: The Best Chance for Job Security for T-Mobile Workers

If you repeat a made-up falsehood over and over again, will reasonable people start to believe it? That's what the critics of the AT&T/T-Mobile merger are hoping. They've manufactured a fact, claiming that the AT&T/T-Mobile merger will lead to 20,000 layoffs of T-Mobile workers. The problem is: they are just plain wrong. Read More »

Verizon Strike Causing Service Backups, Customer Complaints

According to The New York Times, "customers of its landline telephone, Internet and cable television service are reporting significant delays getting current lines repaired and new ones installed." In addition, Verizon officials "decided not to take any new orders for the first two weeks of the strike so they could focus on serving their current customers." Read More »

Striking Verizon Workers Are an Example to Us All

"The Verizon Corporation is asking its workforce to accept wage and benefit reductions--despite being a very profitable company," writes Lawrence Mishel, president of the Economic Policy Institute. Read More »

U.S. Cell Phone Use Verging on Universal

The Pew Research Center revealed yesterday that cell phone usage continues to grow in number, and continues to expand in function. Read More »

House Members Wade Into Verizon Strike

Over a dozen members of the New York state Democratic congressional delegation, and two from other states, voiced support for 45,000 CWA and IBEW members on strike at Verizon. Read More »

Hispanic Arts Leader Supports AT&T/T-Mobile Merger

In his August 8, 2011 opinion piece in Roll Call, Felix Sanchez refutes an earlier article that questions support for the AT&T/T-Mobile merger in the Latino community. Read More »

Verizon Won’t Show Up For Good-Faith Bargaining

The strike by CWA and IBEW is at a standstill today because Verizon has been canceling bargaining sessions. Read More »

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