said by josephf: said by pandora:
It indicates AT&T plans to exit traditional copper and go all VOIP in the next few years (a 14 billion dollar investment).
It is highly unlikely AT&T will ever completely exit traditional copper (which, by the way, dates back to Alexander Grahm Bell, in the 1800's, when the Bell System was first created) unless they go all wireless. The "last mile" of customer wiring for almost all AT&T wirelines are with copper and AT&T has no plans to change that. (Verizon is actually ahead of AT&T, as its FIOS customers have no copper. But even AT&T's U-verse uses copper for the last mile.)
You might still have traditional copper phone wiring coming to your home or business, but that doesn't mean it will be POTS. Their future in most markets is U-verse for Internet, Voice (VoIP), and usually TV as well.
More and more people seem to be moving from POTS to Cable VoIP or Phone company VoIP (U-verse, FiOS, etc) to save money, especially with bundle deals. Wireless is moving to VoIP (Voice over LTE).