David Lizarrága Op Ed on Proposed AT&T/T-Mobile Merger
April 29, 2011
Since the proposed merger between AT&T and T-Mobile was first announced this March, much has been made in the press regarding the potential impact of this transaction. After reviewing significant information regarding the proposed merger, I am confident a combined AT&T and T-Mobile network will not only create good paying new jobs, but also provide tremendous benefit to American consumers, especially Latino consumers in the Los Angeles region and beyond.
Due to T-Mobile's extensive cell towers and infrastructure assets, AT&T would be able to quickly expand network capacity upon a merger, greatly improving the reliability of service for mobile customers in our area. This rapid expansion of network and infrastructure would also create many new jobs that pay good wages.
With larger networks and broadened capacities, AT&T will be able to accelerate and expand its 4G technology, allowing 95% of the country to easily access the most advanced mobile network services. Without this merger, it is estimated that only 80% of the nation would have access to this network technology. This means that consumers in hard to reach communities, including many minority and low-income communities, would miss out on the same services that are available in bigger cities and larger markets.
Think of the benefits that expanded network technology can bring to our urban communities in Southern California. Schools in urban Los Angeles will have the same ability to use broadband education tools as schools in wealthier, suburban districts. Health care will improve as doctors can begin to use mobile tools to access important patient information. Additionally, low-income and minority groups, whose sole access to the Internet is sometimes derived from mobile technologies, will greatly benefit from the expanded wireless access that this merger will provide.
The bottom line is that this merger will improve broadband speed, increase mobile reliability, and expand access to the most advanced technologies to 95% of Americans – providing strong benefits to the Latino community in LA and across the nation.
David C. Lizárraga
President & CEO
Date: May 3, 2011
Source: La Opinión