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The jobs impact of telecom investment

Policy Memo #185

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Investments in telecom wireless infrastructure, such as those projected by AT&T as the result of its proposed purchase of T-Mobile, could create tens of thousands of jobs over the next seven years.  This report describes the jobs impacts of prototypical investments in wireless infrastructure.  It finds that a $1 billion investment could create an additional 12,000 job-years of employment, which includes direct jobs in primary industries, jobs in supplier industries, and jobs from re-spending by newly hired workers.  Based on press reports that AT&T will invest an additional $8 billion in wireless network development over the next seven years, the report projects that AT&T’s proposed purchase of T-Mobile could plausibly create an additional 55,000 to 96,000 job-years of work. 

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