Stop Verizon Wireless' Secret Deal with Cable Companies
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Stop Verizon Wireless' Secret Deal with Cable Companies

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      Communications Workers of America

Earlier this year, Verizon Wireless and four of the largest cable companies submitted an application to the Federal Communications Commission to purchase additional spectrum from four cable providers. They are seeking to market a “quadruple play” -- locking in more customers at even higher prices.

The deal, struck behind the closed doors of America’s corporate boardrooms, poses a threat to consumers and workers. If it goes through, it will be the death knell for competition between cable and telecom companies. Verizon Wireless, Time Warner, Comcast, and other cable companies will become a giant, unregulated quasi-monopoly. Verizon will have no incentive to challenge cable by building FiOS into new areas -- meaning less competition, consumer choice, and higher prices for consumers. 

Less FiOS also means fewer jobs building, maintaining, servicing, and installing the network. This deal will create a corporate behemoth that will use exclusive quad-play market power to shrink its future workforce. 

Worst of all, Verizon Wireless and the cable companies are refusing to come clean about the details of the deal. Even as the FCC and Department of Justice review it, we still don’t know what it means for consumers or workers.

Help block Verizon Wireless’ and the cable companies secret spectrum deal -- sign the petition today!

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    • Anne Emerman NEW YORK, NY
      • almost 2 years ago

      Verizon cut off phone access to our computer. After 13 days of NO computer access, and numerous phone calls to Verizon and our email provider, Verizon addmitted it made a "mistake". Disgusted, we switch to Time Warner for triple play service.

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    • SANDRA JOHNSON DOVER, DE
      • almost 2 years ago

      Everything should be done to stop block these deals before they figure a way to buy the internet!

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    • James OConnor ROSEBURG, OR
      • almost 2 years ago

      If you enjoy having a choice between cell-phone carriers AND having the choice to have cable internet at home without being forced to use mobile, you want to sign this.

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    • David DeFelice BLAIRSTOWN, NJ
      • almost 2 years ago

      Does this even need a reason? GREED

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    • Wesley Belland KEY WEST, FL
      • about 2 years ago

      The very idea of a monopoly is a manifestation of consumer coercion and an affront to the individual rights of the consumer. The government's role is to protect our rights as individuals and I feel that this monopoly poses a threat to said rights.

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