The Greenlining Institute today filed comments with the Federal Communications Commission in response to AT&T and T-Mobile’s claims regarding AT&T’s application to acquire T-Mobile. Greenlining originally filed a Petition to Deny with the FCC May 31 and the companies responded to that petition June 10. Today’s filing is Greenlining’s answer to AT&T’s response.
In its May petition, Greenlining demonstrated that the proposed acquisition would greatly reduce competition and eliminate spectrum in the market for low-cost wireless service, leading to network congestion, degraded service quality and higher prices. In today’s filing, Greenlining notes that AT&T and T-Mobile failed to adequately respond, providing only vague promises of expanded 4G service in underserved communities. The document also highlights the potential of job losses from the proposed merger.“Wireless service is not a luxury, it’s a necessity in today’s society,” said Greenlining General Counsel Samuel S. Kang. “Many low-income consumers rely on wireless broadband as their only access to the Internet. Reduced competition in the market for low-cost wireless service will deepen the digital divide, impeding Internet access and economic opportunities for many underserved communities.”
Greenlining will continue to convey its concerns to the FCC and will also work with the California Public Utilities Commission, which is investigating the proposed acquisition’s California impact.
Greenlining’s new FCC filing is available online here. Greenlining’s original Petition to Deny is available online here.