WASHINGTON — On Tues., Jan. 29, Free Press Action will host a Hill briefing on the disastrous implications for low-income communities and people of color of the proposed T-Mobile/Sprint merger. The briefing, sponsored by Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (New Jersey), will feature the leading voices opposing this merger, including representatives from the Center for Media Justice, Common Cause, the Communications Workers of America and Free Press Action.
If approved, the merger would result in less competition, higher prices, nearly 30,000 job losses, and a widening digital divide for our nation’s most vulnerable communities.
While the partial government shutdown has put FCC and Justice Department review of the deal on hold, the companies’ public-relations machines and lobbyists are still pushing hard for approval. T-Mobile’s top executives continue to book stays at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., in a brazen attempt to curry favor with the administration.
Speakers at the briefing will offer a compelling case for rejecting this dangerous deal. Please join us:
What: Mega Mergers and the War on the Poor
When: Tues., Jan 29, from 10–11:30 a.m. ET
Where: 2103 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, D.C.
Opening Speaker: Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (not confirmed)
Moderator: Carmen Scurato of Free Press Action
Panelists: Gaurav Laroia of Free Press Action, Erin Shields of the Center for Media Justice, Hooman Hedayati of the Communications Workers of America and Yosef Getachew of Common Cause
Free Press Action will livestream the event on Facebook at facebook.com/freepress/
“There’s no need to buy the companies’ propaganda claiming that less competition will mean more choices and a better deal for customers. That’s not how mergers work,” said Free Press Action Senior Policy Counsel Carmen Scurato. “This merger is all about making the two companies’ top executives and shareholders richer. It would crush competition in the wireless market and have disastrous consequences for low-income communities and people of color.”