AT&T, T-Mobile pledge to bring 5,000 jobs to US

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WASHINGTON (AP) ? AT&T is pledging to bring 5,000 wireless call center jobs, currently based abroad, back to the U.S. if it is allowed to proceed with its proposed $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile USA.

The company is also promising that the merger would not result in any job losses for AT&T Inc. and T-Mobile USA wireless call center employees who are on the payroll in the U.S. when the deal closes.

AT&T’s commitment to repatriate jobs comes as antitrust regulators at the Federal Communications Commission and the Justice Department ramp up their reviews of a combination that is certain to reshape the wireless industry’s landscape. AT&T, the nation’s second-largest wireless carrier, is seeking government approval to buy T-Mobile USA, the fourth-largest, from Germany’s Deutsche Telekom AG.