FCC Says No to the Merger

Chairman Genachowski says the AT&T takeover over T-Mobile is not in the public interest

OAKLAND -- Today, the Federal Communications Commission announced the beginning of a process to reject the AT&T/T-Mobile merger. According to reports, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski is circulating an order to designate the merger for a hearing.

Center for Media Justice Media Policy Field Director amalia deloney made the following statement: 

“We applaud the FCC chairman for putting people before profits and standing up to AT&T and a merger that was a jobs and democracy killer." 

“We’re happy the FCC listened to the voices of the 99% across this country, and especially to the voices of historically marginalized communities who will undoubtedly disproportionately bear the burden of this merger.  This decision shows the FCC understands that a merger like this will only lead to higher prices, less competition and is not good for our communities or our country." 

The order concludes that AT&T's proposed takeover of T-Mobile is not in the public interest.

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