reply to heat84
Re: In the meantime... I didn't miss the point. The backbone, what this article is about, has no relation to the last mile whether it be copper, fiber, or wireless. You don't think that AT&T isn't planning core network upgrades?
Actually you did. I was referring more to the general mentality of Verizon planning for the future, while AT&T is stuck in the past. Their lousy last mile speed offerings (compared to VZ) are due to the copper, but the new caps are due entirely to backbone limits. (or at least their claim of backbone limits)
Backbone limitations aren't an issue. AT&T's backbone is just fine and will be incrementally upgraded no differently than Verizon's, or any other tier one provider's.
Debating last mile infrastructure upgrades or planning isn't related to backbone upgrades, regardless of the provider. How much copper does Verizon still have in its plant?