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T-Mobile: At least 1,000 jobs coming to Rochester pending merger approval

February 06, 2019 10:05 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) -- A thousand new jobs could be coming to Rochester if the merger of T-Mobile and Sprint is approved.

If the $26 billion deal is approved, Rochester would be home to one of five new customer service experience centers. T-Mobile did not say where it would be built. 

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The companies say this merger is needed to allow them to compete with AT&T and Verizon. Critics worry the deal will hurt customers who depend on pre-paid or other low-cost mobile phone plans. 

County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo issued the following statement Wednesday about the potential jobs coming to Monroe County:

“We are thrilled that T-Mobile has committed to bringing 1,000 jobs to Monroe County pending the company’s proposed merger with Sprint. Monroe County has already contacted T-Mobile to offer our unique workforce development programming, like LadderzUp and Recruiting on the Road, to help link our residents to the company’s new jobs here. With our stable property tax rate, highly-skilled workforce, and great quality of life, it’s no wonder that hundreds of employers have chosen to grow more jobs in Monroe County in the past three years alone.” 

The head of T-Mobile sent a letter to the FCC earlier this week, saying they will not raise prices for customers for at least three years if the deal is approved.

A joint hearing on Capitol Hill is scheduled for Feb. 13 as lawmakers consider the merger.

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