Your Take: Merger Fails, but Blacks Win

AT&T and T-Mobile won't merge, but open Internet access remains at risk, says's Rashad Robinson.

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When members of first got involved in trying to stop the merger, we heard from most of the establishment that the merger was a done deal because corporations were the ones with the power. The more than 50,000 members who signed a petition to the FCC, and more than 40,000 members who asked their Congress members to oppose the merger, came together to prove the establishment wrong. We need to bring this same tenacity to the fight to protect an open Internet.

The black community has the most effective and powerful history of organizing and activism of any segment of the American population. Our victories in gaining freedoms, rights and respect -- which have served as models for the activism of other marginalized communities -- have always been dependent on our ability to use the latest technology to share information and communicate with one another.

Open access to the Internet is our modern-day WATS line -- our link toone another that needs to be unfiltered and uncorrupted by corporate interests in order to serve the needs of the black community. Like the leaders of the civil rights movement, we are called upon to protect affordable, reliable and open communications to ensure that our voices are heard.

Rashad Robinson is executive director of With more than 800,000 members, is an online black political organization. He can be found here on Twitter.

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Rashad Robinson is executive director of, the nation’s largest online civil rights organization. Follow on Twitter.

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