said by openbox9:
No, I think we do. I think you're more interested in poking AT&T, then legitimately discussing its plans for infrastructure upgrades/modifications.
Besides living in an area where AT&T is the ILEC (and seeing what is and isn't being done), all I have to do is read recent PR statements from AT&T's executives to know that they are definitely planning on dumping copper infrastructure as quickly as they can get relief from the regulations that require them to continue maintaining it. Anyone who is not aware of that, is definitely not living in the galaxy where the AT&T we all know and love operates.
And don't put me into the totally anti-AT&T crowd; I use AT&T Mobility because (at least in this area) they have the best coverage and most reliable service. Wireless is one thing that AT&T does indeed put money into both for maintenance and expansion.
DSL expansion or upgrade? Not around here.
U-verse expansion? Not around here.
They did recently start the "upgrade" process to replace ATM based DSL with IPDSL branded U-verse service in the areas that are served by the CO (instead of from an RT based DSLAM). But that is not expansion, nor is it really an upgrade (the available speed options are exactly the same as for the ATM based DSL that is being phased out...the only difference is that the customer is forced to purchase a new modem). I would love to have the option of getting 24/3 mbps (or faster) VDSL U-verse service , but I have literally been told by local techs and engineers*
"not in your lifetime".*
I am recently retired, but I worked with local AT&T techs and network engineers on numerous enterprise level accounts prior to that (and I still have local contacts).--
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