AT&T has said it plans to acquire T-Mobile in a deal worth $39 billion and already people are sounding the alarm about how this deal will reduce competition and negatively affect companies such as Sprint and Google. While AT&T has the experience and lobbying muscle to push a deal of this magnitude forward at both the Federal Communications Commission and the Department of Justice, here’s how to make your individual voice heard.
According to an FCC spokeswoman, the agency has yet to open a docket on the proposed deal. However, any comments sent ahead of the opening of the docket to email@example.com will be held until the docket is opened and then added to the record. The Free Press recommends calling the FCC at 1-888-CALL-FCC (main FCC line) or 1-202-418-1000, which is the FCC Chairman’s office line. Another route to the FCC is through the chairman’s email form located here.
The Department of Justice’s AntiTrust division can be reached via the follow phone number 1-202-307-2040 or at the AskDOJ@usdoj.gov email. It offers a complete guide to filing a complaint on its web site. Members of Congress will also hold hearings on this deal, so writing your appropriate congressperson may also have an impact. To find your local representative, check here and for your Senator check here.