Tell the FCC to Stop the AT&T and T-Mobile Merger Today!

Activists at ColorofChange are fighting the claim that a merger between cell phone giants AT&T and T-Mobile would be good for black people. Citing support from civil rights groups like the NAACP, GLAAD and the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), the merger could actually cost many black and Latino employees their jobs and raise prices for everyone, not to mention threaten a little something called net neutrality. 

From the ColorofChange campaign:

AT&T wants to buy T-Mobile — and it could have huge, negative consequences, especially for Black Americans.

The deal is likely to destroy jobs, raise the price of cellular service, and threaten net neutrality for wireless high-speed Internet. Net neutrality is the principle that prevents large corporations from marginalizing voices they disagree with or that get in the way of their profits. It's critical for groups like ColorOfChange that challenge the political and corporate status quo. Protecting net neutrality for wireless broadband is increasingly important as more and more people use their phones to access the Internet, especially African Americans.

Monday is the deadline for public comment with the FCC, and several prominent civil rights groups — many of whom have deep relationships with AT&T — have lined up in support of the merger, promoting misleading arguments, whether conscious of the fact or not.

It’s why your voice is critical. The FCC needs to hear from Black folks and our allies of every race who understand the problems with this deal. Please join us in calling on the FCC to block AT&T's merger with T-Mobile.

Sign the petition and send to family and friends here.

AlterNet / By Rae Gomes

Posted at June 20, 2011, 5:29am

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