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en103

join:2011-05-02
reply to SunnyD

Re: Economically viable?

AT&T is 'large enough' to spin off its own separate company for the 'unprofitable' (rural) sites, and find a method of making it work and profitable. It just can't fit rural (less profitable) + urban (profitable) under the same corporate umbrella.


cramer
Premium
join:2007-04-10
Raleigh, NC
kudos:9

It's *ALL* immensely profitable. All of the legacy DSL gear has been installed and paid for for a long time now. (so long, most of it has likely been completely depreciated.) The biggest problem I can see is one of vendor support... the vendor either doesn't support the aging gear, or they no longer exist at all. "Uverse IPDSLAM" is the technology refresh here -- which as another poster points out, is a linecard swap. This "upgrade" is a rounding error compared to the billions the idiots have wasted putting a VRAD on every street corner and front yard in the country in order to get a short enough loop. And it's ALL already obsolete; copper loop DSL is a dead end.


BiggA

join:2005-11-23
EARTH

Yup. They should have put fiber in instead.