AT&T’s Disaster Digital Divide Plan: Screw the 21 States Served

AT&T still controls 21 state public telecommunications utilities which covers approximately 76 million locations. Yet, at the beginning of 2022, AT&T has less than 6 million fiber optic lines to residential and business customers, (and we assume that they are almost all located within the 21 state service areas).

  • Definition: “Overbuilder” Really Means: We didn’t upgrade our telecom utility networks over the last 3 decades and no one else should be allowed to come in and offer competitive services.)
  • Wireless services are not symmetrical.
  • The wireless ‘symmetrical build’ would be done as an ‘overbuild’, i.e., an additional service in an area already served by an incumbent broadband service — and this will harm the previous investments.
  • There is no evidence we need for high-speed services, based on current standards.
  • We don’t really need fiber optics — It should not be fiber everywhere.

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New Networks Institute,Executive Director, & Founding Member, IRREGULATORS; Telecom analyst for 38 years, and I have been playing the piano for 63 years.

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New Networks Institute,Executive Director, & Founding Member, IRREGULATORS; Telecom analyst for 38 years, and I have been playing the piano for 63 years.

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