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Governments should discourage mergers in the communication industryOur group will be disagreeing with this statement through out the project We will be using texts and examples in order to support our ideas Also we will be using reasoning and common sense in some casesOur group believes the most important mergers in the communication industry are the telecommunication companies Bell Atlantic and GTE are the two big mergers in the industry and are a good example for our case This merge has brought benefits to workers consumers and communities The Communications Workers of America CWA represents 630000 workers who are also consumers of telecommunications services The majority of CWA members are employed in the telecommunications industry including 72000 employees at Bell Atlantic and 25000 employees at GTE CWA is the leading union in the information age whose members are responsible for building maintaining and servicing customers on the information highway CWA seeks to ensure that the new information world brings benefits to all consumers workers and communities CWA urges the Commission to approve the Bell Atlantic and GTE merger because it will benefit both consumers and workers CWA believes the merger is in the public interest for five reasons First it advances the pro-competitive goals of the 1996 Telecommunications Act the 1996 Act in local exchange markets for all consumer markets Bell Atlantic and GTE have committed to enter 21 markets out-of-region within 18 months after the merger Second the proposed merger advances the 1996 Acts goal to speed deployment of advanced telecommunications networks to all Americans The merger will provide Bell Atlantic and GTE with the scale and scope necessary to accelerate in-region and out-of-region investment in advanced data networks Third the merger is consistent with the 1996 Acts goal to advance and to preserve affordable quality service to all Americans Fourth the merger will stimulate the growth of high-quality new jobs as a result of the new investment that the merged company will create
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