AT&T Responds To FCC Concerns Over Jobs, Says “Thousands Will Be Created”

Following Thursday’s letter to AT&T from the FCC asking AT&T for more information regarding the creation of jobs in the United States following a T-Mobile takeover, AT&T has responded in kind. AT&T replied and stated that it “is aware that the Commission has requested addition information about the job related effects of the transaction,” and that AT&T “…intends to respond fully to that request.” AT&T has long said one of the highlights of any proposed T-Mobile takeover was the resulting job creation, including bringing 5,000 new call center jobs back to the United States.

In the process, the merger will spur billions of dollars in additional investment, create thousands of jobs, and significantly narrow the digital divide while advancing the Administration’s rural broadband objectives – all of which will aid the nation’s economic recovery and future economic strength without the expenditure of public funds. On top of that, AT&T has made significant job commitments, including our commitment to make a job offer guarantee available to existing T-Mobile USA non-management employees, our commitment to retain the two companies’ U.S. call center employees, and our commitment to bring 5,000 call center jobs back to the U.S.

Oh AT&T, I wish I believed you.

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  • Help

    I am a new tmobile customer and am loving it so far. I am doing the 2 lines at 49.99 each and to me seems like a great deal. I came from Verizon and 2 lines with the same unlimited stuff would cost at least $140 with limited minutes, data, text. Be thankful they offer this. Yes I know tmobile slows the speed after 2g’s are used but Verizon charges more after the 2 g’s. Anyways I haven’t heard to much about the affects of the merger. Is the concern all about jobs? Wouldn’t the service, as far as the amount of signal strength be better? We would have both tmobile’s and AT&T’s towers. Maybe I am not understanding this.

    • jon

      Well, the awesome rates you enjoy now would go right out the window. With the takeover, AT&T and Verizon would contol 80% of the market. That is what is known as a duopoly. With those two controling 80% of the market and ALL of the backhaul that ALL wireless carriers need to be competitive, they will steam roll all others out of the market and raise your rates…there are many other issues revolving around innovation and jobs but it would take too much space to write that here. Do a simple google search on the subject…

    • roy

      Proof that marketing works,,,

  • whatever

    Been at t-mobile for 12 years…thru two major acquisitions…very few jobs lost in the past…this one will be different…I’m in middle management..I would think I would be released…why would you keep tmo folks to train field and frontline teams on att? I’m just working, and waiting on my package…if it does happen I hope it happens soon…haven’t had a summer off in years!

    • Hayspiker

      I’ve been at Tmo for over 15 and even more acquisitions.  I have intentionally avoided becoming management as its very subjective. I’ve watched Factoria  as well as Canyon Point become bloated… time for some Lipitor to clear out the cholesterol.

      • trep

        I really dont understand why people lie about working at tmobile.they opened in 2001 so how can you get 15 years there?

        • Blah

          They aren’t lying…T-Mobile as you know it was several different companies that were absorbed one by one until being purchased by DT. I’m sure they are speaking from the viewpoint of having been an employee since Omnipoint or Voicestream.

        • Hayspiker

          ok prefacing it with “and predecessor companies” as my longevity for pay and seniority is determined by me being hired by what was then Intercel which became Powertel. Powertel was purchased at the same time as Voicestream by DT for the 11 states it had coverage and Voicestream did not.

        • Hayspiker

          ok prefacing it with “and predecessor companies” as my longevity for pay and seniority is determined by me being hired by what was then Intercel which became Powertel. Powertel was purchased at the same time as Voicestream by DT for the 11 states it had coverage and Voicestream did not.

    • http://www.facebook.com/joseph.singer Joseph Singer

      They’ll keep you to train the AT&T folks and then kick you to the curb when they’re done with you.

  • JMsos

    Great. They will keep all the low paying jobs!

  • optional

    lol, only a stupid person would believe this.

  • Anonymous

    I’m all for the merger, but anyone with half a brain (not that anyone in the FCC has that much brain capacity!!) can see past this BS.

    • Realcool2000

      Sounds like your brain capacity is limited.

  • Anonymous

    I’m all for the merger, but anyone with half a brain (not that anyone in the FCC has that much brain capacity!!) can see past this BS.

  • Michael Raap

    If there’s one thing that Randall Stephenson does well it’s smile while lying through his teeth. He makes the German suits at DT look like a bunch of saints.

  • Craig4life20089

    If at&t was so concerned about the u.s. economy. Why would they send jobs overseas in the first place? Oh at&t good luck with the smoke & mirrors!

  • Dafreeds

    Here is one I did not see in the comments: AT&T says ” make a job offer guarantee available to existing T-Mobile USA non-management employees”, but what that means is they will offer jobs to a whole bunch of employees IF they are willing to move to the TEXAS corporate office. So few are going to take it, but they are guaranteeing jobs so they are covering their asses. As a non-hourly employee, I am so screwed. definitely not moving, so….. Nice working at T-Mobile. Lets hour the deal falls through and DT comes to their senses and rethinks their commitment to the US.

    • Fedup

      Hey then Perry could once again claim Texas is “leading the nation in job growth” attributed to his efforts.  San Antonio needs all the employment they can get to satisfy its ever growing population (a large part of which has migrated in from across the State , err National, border to the Southwest).

  • Theabunai

    AT&T will tell the FCC they can breed unicorns if it would allow the merger to go through.

  • Theabunai

    AT&T will tell the FCC they can breed unicorns if it would allow the merger to go through.

  • Theabunai

    AT&T will tell the FCC they can breed unicorns if it would allow the merger to go through.

  • Anonymous

    AT&T is so full of what makes the grass grow green. They lie to their own customers about their implemented advanced back haul, Just try to find out from their highest tech support if your area has the advanced back haul in place, they lie like a freaken rug. I would never trust anything that comes from AT&T. I have been with them, I left and would never go back. I even paid money to leave, that is how disgusted I was with them and more important their Network. It just sucks.

  • macman37

    AT&T, try saying that again when the FCC looks deeper into your past history and sees the difference in the number of jobs when Cingular acquired AT&T Mobile; there will be a lot less.  The FCC will clearly see just how scared you are of having a competitor that uses the same type of network you’re using; and with this piece of history, everyone will see just how long T-Mobile’s 1700AWS will last…AT&T Mobile’s TDMA network didn’t last for a year after you acquired them.  Get ready to cough up the break-up fee soon!

  • macman37

    AT&T, try saying that again when the FCC looks deeper into your past history and sees the difference in the number of jobs when Cingular acquired AT&T Mobile; there will be a lot less.  The FCC will clearly see just how scared you are of having a competitor that uses the same type of network you’re using; and with this piece of history, everyone will see just how long T-Mobile’s 1700AWS will last…AT&T Mobile’s TDMA network didn’t last for a year after you acquired them.  Get ready to cough up the break-up fee soon!

    • Spooln3

      Actually ATT acquired Cingular… Not the other way around. And from I understand, most of the losses came from the ATT side of the house, not Cingulars.

      • macman37

        Check your facts again with this URL “http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cingular”.

  • Anonymous

    Why not ask ATT something that can easily be proven false or true now.

    How many jobs did ATT create, save or destroy when it merged with Cingular?

    That will definitely prove if they are telling the truth or plain out lying!

    ATT.. remember the 6800 jobs lost in that merger?

    here is reminder!

    http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/97843/After_AT_T_merger_Cingular_Wireless_expects_to_cut_6_800_jobs

    • Spooln3

      Couple things, no guarantees were made in the Cingular merger by AT&T, Most manager Jobs will remain, at least for a period of time, and retail, while I agree will be the hardest hit, will not be a 100% loss. Things such as location, sales, location, customers through the door, o, and location, will all be considered for the brick and mortar side. I honestly see the most significant loss of employment to the retail side.

      Honestly, no other company has made this type of commitment during a merger/acquisition. Not only do the call center employees get a guaranty that their jobs are safe, but AT&T is adding an ADDITIONAL 5k jobs. Come on, stop with all the negative bull crap and stop drinking the Kool-Aid. T-Mobile is going to be sold or broken up regardless if this deal goes through or not. This is the best and safest option for our largest workforce in this company.

  • Anonymous

    BSsss…bring jobs back to the US? Ok let’s see…AT&T is the only one with reps abroad, not T-Mo. It’s cheaper to send jobs overseas but T-Mo values customers over profits, of which AT&T doesn’t. So…AT&T spends several billions… incorporates T-Mobile’s AMERICAN workforce into their own…and then they’ll pay the overseas AT&T workers more by bringing the work to the US? Haha good one AT&T!

    • Spooln3

      lol, wut?!

      • Anonymous

        Not sure how to answer that specific question lol

  • Anonymous

    Yes, and we’ll all end up smarter, better looking and much richer if we go along with whatever AT$T says is best for us.  Honestly. 

  • Rsolomon8

    All these comments are great, But are they directed at the choir? These comments should be going to the FCC, not to each other. Make your self really heard and write to the FCC!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=26303408 Rob Euro

    I don’t think in the history of mankind there has ever been a merger the created more jobs than lost. What they are saying is “It will create thousands of construction jobs while we build out the network, but the retail stores will lose thousands more”.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=26303408 Rob Euro

    I don’t think in the history of mankind there has ever been a merger the created more jobs than lost. What they are saying is “It will create thousands of construction jobs while we build out the network, but the retail stores will lose thousands more”.

  • Meanpeoplesuck

    And how exactly are those 5000 people they are going to fire in other countries supposed to eat?  Sheesh… people are people… doesn’t matter where they live, they need to eat.  This obvious ploy by AT&T is just rude and mean.  They suck, and must think the DOJ cares as little about humanity as they do.  Hopefully, they are wrong.

    • Spooln3

      Really? I bet you are one of the people that sign up to feed the kids in other countries but turn your nose at all the homeless people in your city. We need to worry about our own country first. I swear, ATT makes a huge commitment to creating and keeping jobs and you find the dark cloud? Give it a rest. This merger is going to happen, and both companies and most of the people at least in the call centers, will be in a good place. Call me mean, but I am all about helping out those on my own shores before I worry about other countries issues. We have enough here at home to worry about.