AT&T gets flack

Local councilmembers join dozens dissatisfied with company’s broadband

Dozens of mayors and other local leaders throughout California and Nevada signed a letter Tuesday (March 14) to the CEO and executive vice president of labor relations at AT&T expressing their dissatisfaction with the company’s failure to provide broadband service as well as pledging support for AT&T employees fighting for better pay and benefits.

“Not only is AT&T failing to provide access to 21st century high-speed connections to many communities, but it is also not maintaining the copper lines that are vital to landline phone access, 911 and emergency services and basic internet service,” reads the letter, which was signed locally by Chico City Councilmen Karl Ory and Randall Stone.

In January, Oroville Mayor Linda Dahlmeier sent her own letter to AT&T expressing grievances over inadequate service, including lack of broadband, in her city.