Statement from the Center for Media Justice:
December 19, 2011 (Oakland, CA) – The Center for Media Justice cheers for a big community win with the news that AT&T will be dropping its bid to swallow up T-Mobile to the tune of $39 billion.
The proposed merger was uniformly criticized by the United States Department of Justice, Federal Communications Commission and many prominent members of Congress. But, more importantly, community members raised the alarm all over the country that consolidating two of the four major cell phone carriers would result in less competition, fewer options and higher prices for the 99%. This would especially have had a negative impact on communities of color, who depend on affordable wireless coverage to get online more than any other population segment.
amalia deloney, Media Policy Field Director of Center for Media Justice stated, “Since AT&T first announced its intent to takeover T-Mobile, the Center for Media Justice has continuously raised concerns about what role a duopoly would mean for historically marginalized communities— particularly communities of color and America’s poor who disproportionately rely on access to mobile broadband to find employment, access healthcare, advance their education and organize for social and economic justice.”
This holiday season, millions of folks across the country will not be blind-sided by high phone bills, and T-Mobile employees – many of whom are people of color and all of whom are nonunion- will get to keep their jobs. Today marks an important victory for rural and poor communities, people of color, and the hard workers of America who simply can’t afford to pad the pockets of the corporate CEOs.
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Founded in 2002, the Center for Media Justice is a dynamic progressive communications strategy and media policy tank for grassroots organizations serving communities of color and America’s poor.