remember how broken records loop a few seconds of recorded audio/music.. well, that's basicaly what you have for telecom competition in much of the country..
add to that the lust for profits similar to oil companies in wireless and you have the makings of an abandonment of even the competitive chunk of wireline too!
AT&T made out like a bandit acquiring Bell South and then stopped u-verse dead in it's tracks... WTF?!? Wasn't that a condition of the merger? That major cities in the southern USA would be upgraded to u-verse, with is a piss-poor dsl technology? It would be nice if they saw the wisdom of changing over to FTTP, but they actually plan on doing NOTHING with wireline and will pursue wireless at ALL costs..
The public interest is being neglected for years, so the question is how long will the federal government let this go on for? How many lines will AT&T, Comcast and Verizon have to cross before more federal action takes place in telecom?
AT&T made out like a bandit acquiring Bell South and then stopped u-verse dead in it's tracks... WTF?!? Wasn't that a condition of the merger?
BellSouth was acquired in 2006. U-verse deployment did not begin until 2008.
Deployment was in the works in Bell South pre-merger to deploy a combination of FTTP and DSL where market demand met each ROI goal (ie numbers of customer interest). AT&T had very little interest in FTTP for residential use from the very beginning, but it looked good in the press release. So-called greenfield builds are a vaporware way of promising the moon and delivering a paper moon. Docsis 2.0 was freshly minted capable of 30 (spec'd for 42 down) megabits.. paltry 8 megabit DSL was no longer adequate.