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No More Landlines for ATT
AT&T is considering to transition strictly to an all wireless/IP network by 2020.
By Jordan Hafford / Web
July 31, 2013
The ubiquity of wireless services has made landlines almost obsolete. At least, that’s the way AT&T sees it.
According to the FCC, the number of landlines in the U.S. has dropped by 30% in the last four years, from 141 million to 102 million. AT&T began trial runs last fall at their aim of becoming an all-wireless/IP network by 2020.
Other major carriers, such as Verizon, have made similar predictions about the future of landlines. But traditional landline users have raised questions regarding emergency services in rural areas and home security systems. Consequently, AT&T is investigating 7 years before the proposed shutoff date. An attorney with Public Knowledge points out that rules concerning the change must still be developed. Consumer advocacy groups are expected to monitor the process.
According to Fierce Telecom, AT&T stated that the transition is inevitable due to manufacturers ceasing to produce POTS equipment, and while this won’t happen tomorrow, “We need to start planning for that transition today”.