Striking Charter workers build ISP where “profits are returned to users”

Jon Brodkin at Ars Technica: Charter cable technicians on strike since 2017 are building a new ISP to serve New Yorkers. It’s managed cooperatively with users.

Cory Doctorow: “As they point out, they’re the same workers who built the network that Charter’s scabs are running into the ground today. They’re using that expertise to deliver wireless and fixed wireline access in the Bronx and they’re expanding.”

Charter is a contender for the worst ISP in America, says Cory. At the start of the pandemic, the company demanded that even employees who could work from home were required to come in to the office, turning the company’s offices and field workers into superspreaders. The company denied workers personal protective equipment and hazard pay. It gave workers $25 gift certificates — for restaurants that were shut down for the pandemic.