… worse plans, with the biggest impact felt by low-income people and communities of color.” The nonprofit organization’s mission is to “ensure that the web continues to hold freedom of expression and creativity at its core.”
“Ajit Pai doesn’t even try to pretend that he works for the public, said Evan Greer, Fight for the Future’s deputy director. “He seems to take smug pleasure in being a blatant telecom shill. No one is surprised by today’s announcement, but we will keep fighting to block this merger –– which simply put will lead to crappier, more expensive internet for millions of people.”
The Communications Workers of America (CWA) said the proposed merger remains anticompetitive and “harmful to American workers,” and should be blocked.
“These new commitments and conditions do nothing to address our concerns about the impact of this merger on T-Mobile and Sprint workers and consumers,” said Debbie Goldman, the CWA’s research and telecommunications policy director. “The merger would mean the elimination of 30,000 U.S. jobs as the new T-Mobile shuts down duplicative retail stores and consolidates headquarters functions. T-Mobile has made no written, verifiable commitments to the FCC to protect jobs. While T-Mobile has tried to muddy the waters with vague loophole-ridden pledges to maintain jobs for current T-Mobile and Sprint employees, three-quarters of current employees selling the companies’ services work for authorized dealers and are not covered by the jobs pledge — 88,000 workers in total.”
The companies’ rural promises also are “overstated and don’t hold up to scrutiny,” she said.
“T-Mobile and Sprint’s own filings with the FCC show that even five years after the merger, 40 million Americans – mostly in rural communities – would still not have access to the New T-Mobile’s high-speed 5G wireless network,” Goldman said.