I’m sure you have seen the new AT&T adds pulling on Americans heart strings professing that their billion dollar merger will bring jobs. They says it was not the intent but it will be a byproduct. In this age of high unemployment, it’s a great ad campaign. Too good it turns out. It has caught the attention of the chief of the Federal Communication Commission’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau.

Mr. Rick Kaplan is asking AT&T to clarify how the proposed merger with T-Mobile USA will add jobs in the United States. “Our review of the information currently in our record suggests that AT&T’s responses on this issue remain incomplete,” Kaplan said. The FCC is giving AT&T until October 31st to address fully “all plans, analyses and reports discussing the creation or loss of jobs” if the merger is approved.

AT&T must also disclose how many T-Mobile USA jobs will be eliminated and show how the merger will affect employment inside and outside of the United States during the next five years. AT&T CEO Randall L. Stephenson argued earlier this year that the proposed merger would be a “net job grower” in the United States. Now it’s time to walk the talk with some facts. Hopefully these facts are not full of fuzzy math.

By Rubens Saintel

Proud father, #Haitian, photographer, consultant, writer & entrepreneur. I love video games, movies, plays, technology (surprise), beta testing apps and all things sci-fi. | |