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AT&T Promises Approval of T-Mobile Deal Will Bring Jobs to the U.S.

In its latest pitch for approval of its planned $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile, AT&T said on Wednesday that it will bring back to the U.S. some 5,000 call center jobs if the deal is allowed to proceed.

The carrier also said it will promise that no U.S. call center jobs will be lost when the deal closes. The company didn’t say where the new jobs will be based.

“At a time when many Americans are struggling and our economy faces significant challenges, we’re pleased that the T-Mobile merger allows us to bring 5,000 jobs back to the United States and significantly increase our investment here,” AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said in a statement.

Of course, critics are sure to note that there’s nothing stopping AT&T from bringing back jobs without buying T-Mobile.

The deal, which is being opposed by Sprint and a number of consumer groups, requires approval from the Federal Communications Commission and Department of Justice.


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik