ConsumerAffairs
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The president of the union representing workers at Frontier Communications says Connecticut state and local government leaders should stay out of the broadband business. That is a job for the private sector! The union president is likely angry that the “CT Gig Project”, which has seen almost unanimous support from residents and government officials, is preparing to give businesses and residents speeds up to 100x faster than they currently have.

If the private sector was meeting the needs of businesses and residents for faster Internet, there would be no interest in the Gig Project, said Elin Swanson Katz, Connecticut’s consumer counsel.  “We have over 100 communities interested in this,” Katz said. “I think that’s pretty indicative of how people feel.” – MiddleTownPress

So Frontier’s union president wants the government to stay out of the broadband business. But wait, isn’t Frontier constantly using that same government to accept millions of dollars in state/federal money?

  • “Frontier Communications says that the company has accepted $283 million in rural deployment broadband subsidies from the Federal Government. In a news release, Frontier says that the money, which is coming via the FCC’s Connect America Fund (CAF) Phase II, will be used to deliver broadband to an additional 650,000 high-cost rural locations throughout its 28-state service area.” – 06/16/2015
  • “Frontier Communications’ ongoing commitment to deploying broadband services to rural America will accelerate with the acceptance of $71.9 million from the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Connect America Fund (CAF).” – 07/09/2012
  • According to officials in Volusia County, Florida, in 2014, Frontier received nearly $420,000 in tax refunds through Florida’s Qualified Targeted Industry program.
  • “Back in March the state (of West Virginia) buried a study on their spending of the stimulus money (which they spent $118,000 for) that leaked anyway, highlighting how Frontier Communications did a sloppy job in tracking spending, may have overbilled taxpayers substantially, and only built a mish mash of geographically scattered fiber upgrades that the majority of state residents won’t benefit from in the slightest. – 11/25/2013

Does Frontier plan on giving back the money they received from the big, bag government?