Fourteen national Hispanic organizations, including the US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, recently issued a statement to the Federal Communications Commission to back the proposed merger between AT&T and T-Mobile.
The Hispanic groups noted a number of opportunities that would result from the potential merger, including strong employee benefits, small business Internet access, and faster deployment of high-speed wireless service in underserved communities, as well as the implementation of culturally sensitive education programs.
The statement reads: "As community leaders, we have been advocating for more and faster [Internet] access, adoption and affordability so that the people we serve will be in a better position to take advantage of the evolving digital economy. As such, we believe this merger could provide opportunities to achieve many of these objectives by bringing the possibility of faster, smarter wireless networks to more Hispanics, further shrinking the digital divide, and bringing more Latinos in more places a critical tool to achieve the American Dream."
Other backing organizations included the Cuban American National Council, the National Hispanic Council on Aging, and the US Hispanic Leadership Institute.