Standing against AT&T and Mobile merger

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Access to sufficient and affordable communication choices shape our ability to share and connect to information, resources and culture.
At Young Women United, we have been incredibly concerned about the negative impacts an AT&T/T-Mobile merger would have on young women of color and all our communities.
We applaud the Department of Justice for filing a lawsuit to halt this takeover, and calling the potential merger out for what it really is: an anti-competitive move that would raise prices and lessen quality of services for U.S. consumers, while putting more money in the pockets of gigantic corporations.
By moving to block this merger, the Department of Justice stood for the best interests of communities of color, rural communities, and America’s poor.
While the mobile adoption and use by Latino and Black youth outpace those of white youth, YWU knows that mobile broadband is not a substitute for real Internet access at home.
Mobile access is insufficient for online opportunities, such as employment searches, academic prospects, and public service programs — resources that help strengthen and build communities.
Therefore, young women with limited Internet access can remain unemployed, under resourced and ultimately disconnected.
We believe this marginalization demonstrates a mobile broadband culture that is designed to build up profits instead of build out communities.
We must not let the corporate profit motives of mobile broadband companies undermine our obligation to provide real Internet access to every American.
For many years, I shared a home with my sister and a dear friend.
At the time, all three of us were working while studying at the University of New Mexico, and I was raising my daughter as a single mom.
Our monthly costs for Internet hovered around $70, making our Internet bill more expensive than any other utility or service.
Home Internet was only remotely affordable because we split the cost three ways, but we knew that real access to the Internet was critical to create the happy and healthy lives we all have now.
Together, we must demand that all communities have real and affordable access to the Internet.
At Young Women United, our movement is based on the practice of young women and mothers of color being in relationship with each other and the world around us.
We urge the Federal Communications Commission to consider the impact to young women and mothers of color as it continues to review the AT&T/T-Mobile merger.
We applaud the Department of Justice and encourage the Federal Communications Commission to follow suit.

Micaela Cadena
Young Women United