Center for Media Justice Pleased by DoJ Action to Block AT&T/T-Mobile Merger

Karlos Gauna Schmieder
Posted August 31st, 2011 by Karlos Gauna Schmieder
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Oakland –Today, the Department of Justice  filed an anti-trust lawsuit to block AT&T’s acquisition of T-Mobile. Among their top concerns: less competition, higher prices, reduced quality and fewer choices for the millions of Americans who rely on mobile wireless services in their everyday lives.

Center for Media Justice Grassroots Policy Director, Amalia Deloney made the following statement:

“Blocking this merger is a major victory for communities of color, rural communities and America’s poor. The Justice Department has taken seriously our real concerns about higher prices, fewer choices and massive job loss. This is the best possible end to our August Month of Action Against the Merger. The people spoke, and the Justice Department listened.”

The department’s lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, seeks to prevent AT&T from acquiring T-Mobile from Deutsche Telekom AG.

“T-Mobile wireless plans typically cost $15 to $50 less per month than comparable plans from AT&T. Losing that option was something we couldn’t afford,” said Betty Yu, Media Action Grassroots Network Coordinator.  “When we said ‘More Mergers equals More Problems’ we meant it.”

For more information or to request interview call Amalia Deloney at 510 698 3800 x403

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