A company doesn't hire people because they have extra money. They hire people because they believe those people will generate them more money than they cost (and enough more money to be worth the opportunity cost). Sure, tax breaks might change the math a little bit if the math is close, but this is pretty rare.
Anyway, I am curious (and the author fails to cover) is how many new employees at&t hired/hiring in 2019? I used to work for a Fortune 500 company which did a similar thing but they would also hire the same amount. They would lay-off 70,000 and hire 80,000 new employees. Is that the case here too?
EDIT: This has been posted before and the article is misleading as I suspected. Check out these top comments:
I can't understand why they are acting this way.
Everybody can see that these are blatant lies. Just like the MILLIONS and MILLIONS of federal dollars 'spent' on AT&T to get high-speed broadband to rural regions of the country.
I can't accept that every damn politician is that fucking corrupt to just bend us over like this and keep a straight face.