According to the National Grange,the merger would be beneficial and make for additional investments in wireless and broadband for rural areas. This would provide rural communities with reliable access to modern wireless communication technology.
In their letter to the FCC, they explained that access to dependable mobile communications technologies including telephone, wireless, digital television, radio, internet satellite, and video services must be made available to the residents of small rural communities at an affordable cost to help keep competition moving throughout the areas.
A key feature of the National Grange’s “Blueprint for Rural America”, is a combination of priority issues and concerns. One of these happen to be expanding telecommunications services into rural areas. As seen previously with the FCC, the organization remains committed to policies that encourage the expansion and deployment of next-generation broadband services to all communities.
The NPRC, is asking for similar approval from the FCC. In a letter it was asked that they support the proposed merger between AT&T and T-Mobile because it will help better meet the wireless needs of not only the Puerto Rican community, but also throughout the United States.
Rafael A. Fantauzzi, President & CEO of NPRC, issued the following statement:
“AT&T’s presence in Puerto Rico has already brought significant social and economic benefits to the island, and the proposed merger will enable this company to continue to do so. From 2007 to 2009, AT&T provided employment for more than 2,000 residents, and the investment in broadband of more than $150 million. For Puerto Ricans, this has resulted in better healthcare options, increased economic opportunities and the ability to access critical news and government documents.
“By approving the proposed merger, the Commission will not only help residents in Puerto Rico, but also those throughout the United States, providing them with quick and affordable broadband access to improve their everyday lives.
“For 34 years, NPRC’s mission has been strengthening the social and economic well-being of Puerto Ricans. As such, NPRC urges the FCC to approve the merger between AT&T and T-Mobile to bring economic, health and societal benefits to our Puerto Ricans, in both the United States and in Puerto Rico.”
Both the National Grange and the NPRC make valid points regarding this merger between the two largest GSM carriers and it will be interesting to see where it goes from here.