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Black Groups Support AT&T Merger Plan

A coalition of African American groups filed comments Wednesday with the Federal Communications Commission in support of AT&T's proposed takeover of T-Mobile USA, saying the deal would help blacks compete for business opportunities and better jobs.

"The merger of AT&T and T-Mobile will mean more diplomas, better jobs and healthier African American families," National Coalition of Black Civic Participation's President and CEO Melanie Campbell said in a statement.

"A combined AT&T-T-Mobile also will help achieve the federal government's goal that our organizations share: 'Connecting every part of America to the digital age."

Other minority groups that support the deal released filings on Tuesday, the deadline for comments from opponents of the deal. About 28,000 filings were registered with the FCC Tuesday.

"AT&T has been among the highest ranked in the telecommunications industry for its commitment to diversity in terms of procurement, philanthropy, promotion and hiring at the federal, state and local levels," NAACP Senior Vice President, Hilary Shelton said.

"Wireless broadband is an integral tool in promoting civic engagement and as such is crucial to voter empowerment. We are hopeful that this acquisition will further advance increased access to affordable and sustainable wireless broadband services and in turn stimulate job creation throughout our country."

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