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Greenlining Urges FCC Nominees to Push Investigation of AT&T Jobs Claims
New Commissioners Could Reinvigorate Investigation Into Proposed Acquisition of T-Mobile
WASHINGTON - November 2 - The announcement of President Obama’s two nominees to the Federal Communications Commission provides an opportunity to accelerate the FCC’s investigation of AT&T’s proposed acquisition of T-Mobile, the Greenlining Institute said today, urging the commission to look closely at claims made by AT&T regarding the deal’s impact on jobs.
“These two nominees can help the commission move aggressively to scrutinize claims being made by AT&T, and in particular to closely examine both public and confidential claims the company is making regarding jobs,” said Greenlining Institute General Counsel Samuel S. Kang.
President Obama formally nominated Jessica Rosenworcel and Ajit Varadaraj Pai as FCC commissioners Monday night, shortly after AT&T gave the FCC a two-page letter accompanied by a 19-page redacted filing addressing the jobs impact of its proposed acquisition of T-Mobile.
Greenlining filed a memo today (available online here) with the California Public Utilities Commission addressing the deal’s impact on jobs, and will be filing a response to AT&T’s latest FCC filing shortly.
“AT&T's arguments about the jobs issue have either been incomplete or veiled in secrecy, so the material they’ve filed privately needs the most exacting scrutiny,” said Kang. “For example, the company has talked about infrastructure investment that will supposedly create jobs, but has said nothing about the net impact on jobs after taking into account the investments that T-Mobile won’t be making and the resulting loss of employment. The FCC must examine every claim down to the last decimal point. So far we have every reason to think this will be a bad deal for American communities.”