Here's why I think AT&T won't get rid of wireline...
I believe AT&T wants to be free of regulation that exists for the POTS and PSTN, but to get rid of the copper lines -- I highly doubt that will happen. This song and dance has been going on for a few years now.
The main reason is those wirelines still carry a lot of traffic - and they create a lot of money for AT&T. U-Verse, DSL and even cellular traffic hit the wirelines. I recently got a tour of our local Central Office and they were installing 4G equipment. They explained that once it comes off the cell towers it heads straight to the CO where the calls are "Switched out".
Copper may be old, but it still has a lot of uses - and since we all know AT&T isn't going to lay fiber to the home anytime soon, I see the copper wires being owned by them for a long, long time to come.
And until they realize that copper is dead and that their uHearse service is a complete piece of shit that was obsolete the moment they started deploying it, cable companies will continue to eat their lunch and smile and laugh all the way to the bank.
FTTH/FTTP, should have done it AT&T. Now you get to reap the rewards of being cheap and watch the cable companies eat your lunch.
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