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AT&T acquisition of T-Mobile is a win for America, students and working families

NEA president says benefits of telecom merger will be far-reaching and long-lasting

WASHINGTON - June 07, 2011 -

NEA President Dennis Van Roekel said today that the recent $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile USA by AT&T has positive implications for American consumers, students and the nation’s economic future. 

“Good news for business is not always good news for consumers, but this merger represents a win for everyone,” said NEA President Dennis Van Roekel. “The merger will expand access to high-speed wireless Internet service and help narrow the digital divide. 

“Students who do not have access to high speed Internet are disadvantaged in preparing for the 21st Century workforce. We know that high speed Internet provides students at all levels with powerful educational advantages.

“We also hope union detractors will take note—AT&T partners with its employees to maintain a productive pro-worker environment that results in success for the corporation and good jobs for workers and support for students," said Van Roekel.  “This merger will have positive and long –lasting effects and America’s students will be among the biggest winners. 

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