CPUC Hosts Public Hearing on Proposed AT&T/T-Mobile Merger July 7th
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) needs to hear from you at a public hearing on Thursday, July 7, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. at the CPUC Auditorium located at 505 Van Ness Ave in San Francisco. At the public hearing, you can tell the CPUC that you cannot support the merger unless important questions are answered. To learn more about this and other public hearings and workshops at the CPUC please click here
As you have undoubtedly heard, AT&T has announced a deal to acquire T-Mobile for $39 billion. If approved, the new company would have 130 million wireless subscribers, making it the largest wireless carrier in the country. The CPUC is investigating the potential impact of the proposed merger on California’s consumers and communities. For more information about the merger click here
AT&T must answer many questions first, especially about jobs and low-cost service plans, if it wants the CPUC to sign off on the merger. AT&T’s merger application with the Federal Communications Commission failed to address these issues. Significant questions you may bring up:
• How many retail jobs will be lost? How many T-Mobile retail centers will close in diverse communities?
• AT&T has made statements that indicate it may not retain low cost plans. What happens to the low cost plans offered by T-Mobile?
• How will wireless broadband service be more accessible and affordable without low cost plans?