October 25, 2016
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AT&T Failing Grade For Florida Minority Communities:


Survey on AT&T (Florida) on Community Issues

Number Of Florida Minority Respondents:  4326


1.         Does AT&T have an impact on your community?



98        11%                    No                   84
%                 No Opinion


2.         How would you compare AT&T with Verizon in terms of serving the community?


Better               16%                     Worse              73%      No Opinion


3.         What grade would you give AT&T on community leadership?






4.         In general, what is the on-the-street community view of AT&T?





5.         Can you name the AT&T President for Florida?



0%                               No                   97



The following are excerpts from California agreement for AT&T to provide increased diversity in Supplier Diversity and Philanthropy for Florida minority businesses and organizations.  AT&T Florida President Marshall Criser refuses to provide Florida similar agreements.

Supplier Diversity


Excerpt from final approved CPUC decision 2005 AT&T/SBC merger[1]:


[W]e shall require Applicants to agree to the commitments set forth [in the agreement] below in order to satisfy the public interest requirements under § 854(c) … With respect to supplier diversity, we shall require as a condition of the merger that Applicants commit to the minimum diversity goals set forth in the settlement.  We conclude that these diversity goals will be instrumental in satisfying the requirements of § 854(c).[2]




Excerpt from final approved CPUC decision 2005 AT&T/SBC merger:


With respect to charitable giving, we shall adopt as a condition of the merger that SBC commit to the level of $57 million in additional philanthropic giving as discussed in the proposed settlement.  The settlement proposes that SBC make only a “good faith” commitment to allocate 60% of this increased philanthropy to underserved communities. Given the testimony served on the concerns of the underserved communities, we conclude that more specific commitments are needed beyond the limited terms of the settlement.


We shall require that at least 80% of the increased SBC philanthropy be reserved for the low-income, underserved disabled, and minority communities.  The 80% level is consistent with the recommendation in the testimony of Greenlining prior to the settlement.[5] 



Why does AT&T President Marshall Criser refuse to provide Florida minority communities the same access and opportunities as AT&T in California?  

Are Florida minority organizations and businesses less important for AT&T?

Why does AT&T not follow the leadership of Verizon in Florida and develop a Florida diversity pledge with FMCRC?

Coming November 2009:
FMCRC Florida Telecom Diversity Report Card



FMCRC Mission Statement

Our goal is to empower low-income and minority communities by attracting investments for health, education, homeownership, employment, and minority entrepreneurship using a holistic advocacy approach.

The Coalition's (70+ minority organizations)  strategy entails six central programs and projects for Florida's minority communities, families and organizations:

  1. Access and opportunity for home and business ownership
  2. Community Reinvestment Policy
  3. Sustainable development
  4. Capacity Building
  5. Consumer protection
  6. Financial and home ownership literacy education


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Email:    Susan Lewis 

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Reginald J. Clyne
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Douglas Centre-Suite 1100
2600 Douglas Rd, Coral Gables Florida  33134


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