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Just Say No to AT&T / T-Mobile

Just Say No to AT&T / T-Mobile

The government must stop AT&T’s proposed $39 billion takeover of T-Mobile – if approved, the acquisition could hurt American consumers and American jobs, undermine competition, slow broadband deployment, and threaten investment and America’s economic recovery.

Harms Consumers

 
 This proposed takeover could eliminate one of the country’s low-cost nationwide carriers, freeing AT&T and Verizon to increase prices.

 AT&T’s purchase of T-Mobile could create a GSM monopoly, eliminating an innovative competitor that introduces new GSM devices, such as the Google Nexus.

 Recent customer satisfaction surveys suggest AT&T’s customer service is already on the decline and an acquisition of this magnitude may impact it negatively, leaving T-Mobile customers in a very difficult position.

 All Americans could see a decrease in choice for new wireless phones, especially those living in rural communities.

Reduces Competition and Innovation

 
 This takeover of T-Mobile would eliminate competition and threaten innovation by raising barriers to entry and putting the smaller and regional providers at the mercy of market control by AT&T and Verizon.

 AT&T and Verizon would control 77.6% of all mobile industry revenues ensuring 82% of post- paid subscribers and 88% of profits fall into the hands of the Twin Bells. In no other industry do the top two companies control such a percentage of the market (Banking: 20%, Oil: 24%, Auto: 35%).

The AT&T/VZ duopoly would be over four-and- a-half times larger than the next biggest competitor. AT&T’s purchase of T-Mobile could further leverage AT&T and Verizon’s control over backhaul, roaming, and other critical inputs that independent wireless companies need to survive and serve consumers.

A cut in competition is a cut in American investment, American innovation and American jobs at a time when our country can least afford it.

Bad for Business

 
 Vigorous competition – not duopoly – drives access and investment in broadband.

 Acquiring T-Mobile won’t increase AT&T’s geographic reach – the networks almost entirely overlap.

 AT&T already has extremely valuable 700 MHz spectrum that is virtually unused.

 T-Mobile doesn’t give AT&T any unused capacity – T-Mobile’s network is already congested. The mega acquisition wouldn’t improve AT&T’s network, it just eliminates AT&T’s only GSM competitor.

Threatens Investment

 
 The AT&T T-Mobile deal may cut American jobs and threaten America’s recovery.

 AT&T has publicly stated that it may make $40 billion in cost cuts, all while enjoying the ability to raise prices on Americans.

 The acquisition could eliminate stores, eliminate back offices and eliminate marketing spending.

 This wouldn’t be a loss of jobs for T-Mobile, but for every business with ties to the wireless telecoms industry.

 

 
The following organizations have expressed concerns about the proposed AT&T takeover of T-Mobile:

Access Humboldt Access Point ACN Communications Ad Hoc Telecommunications Users Committee
Akuku: Maui Community Television Alarm.com American Antitrust Institute American Community Television Appitalism
Berkeley Community Media Bernalillo County La Raza Unida Birch Communications Breda Telephone
Butler-Bremer Communications Cablevision California Center for Rural Policy, Humboldt State Univ. CellAntenna
Cellular South Center for Digital Democracy Center for Media Justice et al. (with 50 other organizations not separately listed herein) Center for Media Justice (with 4 other organizations separately listed herein) Center for Rural Strategies Center for Social Inclusion Central Scott Telephone Chicago Media Action Cincinnati Bell Wireless Clearwire C-M-L Telephone Cooperative Color of Change Comm 1 Wireless Common Frequency Community Alliance for Global Justice Community Media Workshop Community Video Filming Corporation COMPTEL Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) Consumer Electronics Retailers Coalition (CERC) Consumers Union Council Tree Cox Credo Mobile Diogenes Telecommunications Project DISH Network Durham Community Media Earthlink Electronic Frontier Foundation Esperanza Peace and Justice Center Fibertech Networks FMTC Wireless Free Press
Future of Music Coalition GCI Generation Justice Global Action Project Granite Telecommunications Green Flag Wireless Greenlining Institute Highlander Research and Education Center
Hospers Telephone Exchange IDEPSCA IDT Domestic Telecom Innovative Wireless
Inspired Leaders Inc. & KUNM Youth Radio Institute for Local Self Reliance Iowa Wireless Services
Japan Communications/ Communications Security & Compliance Technologies Jefferson Telecom King Street Wireless Senator Amy Klobuchar La Asamblea de Derechos Civiles Leap Wireless/Cricket Lehigh Valley Cooperative Telephone Line Break Media Logix Communications MAC Wireless Main Street Project Making Contact/National Radio Project Marne & Elk Horn Telephone Massachusetts Dep’t of Telecommunications and Cable McBride Spectrum Partners Media Access Project Media Alliance Media Justice League Media Literacy Project Media Mobilizing Project MetroPCS Mill Valley Wireless Minnesota Center for Neighborhood Organizing Mobile500 Alliance (representing 40 broadcasters) MPower/U.S. TelePacific NASUCA (representing consumer advocates in more than 40 states and DC) Nat’l Hispanic Media Coalition Nat’l Institute for Latino Policy National Latino Farmers and Ranchers Trade Ass’n National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights New America Foundation NJ Division of Rate Counsel
New Networks Institute New Y ork PSC New Zealand Ministry of Economic Development NoChokePoints Coalition NTELOS Open Access Connections OtraTech Pac-West Telecomm PAETEC Panora Communications Cooperative Paradigm and Company Peerless Networks The People’s Channel People’s Production House Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste Progressive Technology Project Prometheus Radio Project Proyecto Latina Public Knowledge Reclaim the Media REC Networks Reel Grrls Rural Cellular Association Rural Telecommunications Group Sprint Nextel Corporation St. Paul Neighborhood Network Teletruth TelLAWCom Labs TEXALTEL Twittero United Workers from Baltimore USA Mobility U.S. Cellular Utility Consumers’ Action Network, New Media Rights and Privacy Rights Clearinghouse VietUnity V odafone Group Wapsi Wireless Webster-Calhoun Cooperative Telephone Writers Guild of America, West Young Women United Youth Media Project Zayo Group ZipDX LLC

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