The 100 Black Men of America understands the impact that AT&T’s acquisition of T-Mobile USA can have on employment, particularly in the African American community. As its chairman, Albert E. Dotson, Jr., noted in his support of the purchase, “As AT&T works with T-Mobile to extend its network to 249 million Americans – roughly 95 percent of the population – we anticipate opportunities arising for minority suppliers, vendors, community partners, and for mobile content and application developers.”
That is the dynamic that opponents simply do not get when it comes to the acquisition. It’s a fallacy to say that the acquisition will not have a positive impact on jobs and competition because getting rid of overlapping operational units post acquisition may mean that there will be job cuts. That is a static, defeatist, and myopic view.
On the contrary. It means that entrepreneurial animal spirits will be turned loose as AT&T will be forced to create innovative products to combat smaller players pursuing specialized niche markets. It means that content providers and application developers will seek partnerships with smaller carriers in order to help these carriers further distinguish themselves and their products.
Like a pebble that is dropped in a pond causes ripple effects, this acquisition causes the disruption necessary to force the wireless market to the next level of innovation.