So, AT&T have announced that they want to buy T-Mobile? That doesn’t mean we have to go down without a fight.
Yes, it’s time to start writing letters. Real letters, because a single written personal letter is far more effective than clicking a bunch of online polls. (Sorry, Credo and MoveOn, but it’s true.)
The first address to write to is:
United States Department of Justice
Citizen Complaint Center
950 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20530
The above is the complaints division of the DOJ team that will have to approve the deal.
Next up is the Senate Judiciary subcommittee on antitrust, competition policy and consumer rights. They say they’re going to take a close look at the implications of the deal, so let’s make our voices heard.
I plan to write to John Cornyn, since he’s my Senator; and Al Franken, since he’s awesome and seems like he might actually care. Here’s the address:
U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary
Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights
224 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Or you could use your senator’s regular address. The main thing is to get writing.
Later on the FCC will undoubtedly open a docket for public comments on the proposed deal. They have a web-based system for comments, I’ll post instructions for that when I hear that the docket has been posted.
Some things you might want to discuss in your letters:
- The fact that AT&T is the worst-rated cell phone provider according to Consumer Reports, coming dead last in every single category.
- The observed effect of AT&T’s merger with Cingular, which was also promised to improve things for consumers.
- How much your bill will go up, percentage wise.
- The fact that the US will only have a single GSM provider.
- The difficulty of switching providers when all three networks use incompatible technical standards.
- The fact that every T-Mobile customer will need a new phone–with a new 2-year contract.
- The fact that AT&T lock down their Android phones.
Oh, and proper salutation is “The Honorable Senator Smith”, though “Dear Senator Smith” will probably do in these days of informality.