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FCC Asks AT&T to Clarify How T-Mobile Deal Will Add Jobs

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Oct 13, 2011, 2:09 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

The Federal Communications Commission today formally requested AT&T to supply it with yet more information regarding its proposed acquisition of T-Mobile. The FCC suggests that AT&T's response to questions already posed by the agency are incomplete. Specifically, the FCC wants all the data AT&T has generated in the last five years with respect to its workforce and job creation. The FCC said in a letter today that it wants to see "all analyses, reports, data, or other information in AT&T's possession, custody or control that analyze the size and location of AT&T's workforce both before and as anticipated after the merger. This would include, among all other responsive documents, any documents enumerating the number of T-Mobile and AT&T jobs that will be eliminated or added should the merger be approved, and the effect of the proposed transaction on employment both inside and outside the United States."

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Oct 15, 2011, 8:25 AM

The truth of the matter

As a T-mobile employee, as soon as the merger was brought up, we got emails and letters in the mail talking about serverance pay. We are going to experience heavy losses. Jobs WILL be created through the merger, but the NET LOSS of jobs will be far greater.
And not a single one of you will see that severance pay. They'll just put you in situations where you can't succeed, like putting a T-Mobile store's staff in an AT&T store that's already fully-staffed almost 50 miles away(because you can't get severa...

Oct 15, 2011, 4:18 PM

discrediting AT&T's contract and external job creation argument

Other posters in this forum have thoroughly debunked AT&T's internal job creation argument. So, I will focus on AT&T's contract and external job creation claims.

One, AT&T claims that it will contract out thousands of jobs in both consolidating the T-Mobile GSM 1900 network into the AT&T GSM 850/1900 network and clearing the T-Mobile W-CDMA 2100+1700 network, then redeploying LTE 2100+1700 in the former T-Mobile AWS 2100+1700 MHz spectrum.

Two, AT&T claims that rural 4G deployment will be an economic multiplier that will engender job growth in rural America.

Per the first claim, no doubt, AT&T would contract out many jobs for network consolidation and AWS 2100+1700 MHz spectrum clearing. Both types of contract work, however, would...

Oct 14, 2011, 11:31 AM

i used to support the merger but not anymore!

starting Oct 16, tmobile 30$ prepaid plan gives you 100 minutes and 5gb of 4g! sweet! haha

Oct 13, 2011, 6:37 PM

Is this a Joke?

That's a pretty big joke! It will cut jobs not add them
I don't know what will happen, bur I will say this. The FCC is not the Dept. of Labor, this is outside of their charter.
I disagree. With AT&T adding another 40+million customers you can't just cut jobs. I believe that it will create more competition in the current market however. Example would be the current Authorized retailers and T-mobile Corporate stores. Thoug...
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