AT&T Promises to Bring 5,000 Jobs Back to U.S. If T-Mobile Deal is Approved
August 31, 2011 10:05 AM
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AT&T has not mentioned where these jobs will be located within the U.S. quite yet, but said the new employees will be able to join AT&T's unionized workforce if the deal wins approval
AT&T has been trying to push its proposed acquisition of T-Mobile since the announcement of the $39 billion deal earlier this year, and now, it's making a promise that aims to help seal this deal -- AT&T will bring thousands of wireless call center jobs back to the U.S. if the purchase wins approval.
In March of this year, AT&T announced that it was
purchasing T-Mobile for $39 billion USD
. According to AT&T Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson, the purchase was a move to improve network quality, bring advanced LTE capabilities to users, and strengthen/expand critical infrastructure. He added that it could boost network capacity by as much as 30 percent, which will improve services for data hogs like smartphone users.
"This transaction is very instrumental," said Stephenson. "Virtually on the day you close the deal, getting a
30 percent lift
in capacity in New York City: that's a significant improvement in call quality and data throughput."
But the deal has to be approved by the Federal Communications Commission and the Justice Department, and that has been the problem. The U.S. Senate's antitrust committee expressed doubts in regards to the merger, saying that it could only result in price hikes for customers and decreased competition. However, AT&T has
received some support
from one U.S. state regulator (the Louisiana Public Service Commission) and 11 state attorneys general.
Now, AT&T is promising that it will
bring 5,000 wireless call center jobs
back to the U.S. if it is allowed to purchase T-Mobile. These jobs are currently outsourced to other countries.
AT&T has not mentioned where these jobs will be located within the U.S. quite yet, but said the new employees will be able to join AT&T's unionized workforce if the deal wins approval.
The wireless carrier added that no jobs will be lost for those already working in U.S.-based wireless call centers, but refused to comment on the number of employees that would remain overseas once the 5,000 employment positions move back to the U.S.
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RE: in writing
8/31/2011 12:33:47 PM
Before Lincoln, it was widely recognized that the States were powerful in their laws and under the Constitution, were rightly so. After Lincoln, it became recognized that the Federal Government was becoming the dominant force as was _never_ intended under the Constitution.
The disparity these days is just how ridiculously overpowered the Federal system has become. More States need to begin exercising their muscle that they are guaranteed under our great document.
RE: in writing
8/31/2011 3:02:57 PM
Yup. The South was right. Lincoln was a tyrant who waged war on his own people and laid the foundation for the nearly totalitarian Government we now have.
"So, I think the same thing of the music industry. They can't say that they're losing money, you know what I'm saying. They just probably don't have the same surplus that they had." -- Wu-Tang Clan founder RZA
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