Press Release

Media Literacy Project statement on Department of Justice suit against AT&T-T-Mobile Merger

Deputy Attorney General fears the merger will negatively impact American consumers
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Contact Information: 
Hakim Bellamy 505.828.3388 hakim@medialiteracyproject.org

Albuquerque, New Mexico – Media Literacy Project (MLP) released the following statement in reaction to today’s announcement that the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) has filed suit to block AT&T’s proposed acquisition of T-Mobile. 

“This announcement is good news for American consumers and even better news for New Mexican families,” said Executive Director Andrea Quijada. “Stopping this merger protects thousands of New Mexican jobs right now at a time where every single job is important to revitalizing our economy. New Mexicans have been sharing their concerns about the merger with MLP and we are encouraged that Deputy Attorney General Cole expressed the same concerns in his press conference this morning.”

“Today we celebrate and prepare for tomorrow,” says Campaign Coordinator Laura Montoya. “When the Department of Justice filed an anti-trust suit against Google’s ITA takeover in April, they quickly settled the claim and approved the merger. We encourage the FCC to take note as they continue to examine this deal and follow the DOJ’s lead by blocking this merger.” 

Media Literacy Project is currently serving a two year appointment to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Consumer Advisory Committee. Early this summer, Media Literacy Project joined other consumer organizations in filing a challenge to this merger in a related proceeding before the FCC, as part of the dual-review process for telecommunications mergers. 

Media Literacy Project is a non-profit organization that advances education and advocacy for media justice.