Re: U-verse expansion in eastern Atlanta?
08-14-2012 06:08:06 AM
AT&T is obviously trying to establish bandwidth caps liken to the days of paying for minutes/text messges for cell phones and long distance per call for landlines. Set in their ways... They see LTE obviously as the answer giving them the ability to reach many customers and update technology as needed without having to wire and keep employees to maintain the wire (a huge expense) while establishing badwidth tiers generating more cash. In theory that sounds great (doesn't sound great for the thousands of communication worker jobs and our economy though but it does for AT&T's pockets).
The failed T-Mobile merger is helping them see that this isn't going to work ( AT&T Mulls Upgrading Rural Lines Instead of Selling Them ). There isn't enough spectrum to serve that many people. And because they had the wrong vision cable companies continue to eat their lunch in non U-Verse markets. If you let it go on for too long they will become entereched.
They think because they were able to succesfully switch mobile users to caps is why. People are willing to have bandwith caps on their mobile devices because the average consumer probably uses only 200MB to 1GB per month (peanuts). But I am sure the average home customer uses well over 30-50GB per month. It's too late, the market isn't going to shift from unlimited to caps in the home. Usage is way different. Get over it AT&T, quit trying to define the market, it's already defined. Someone (Google Fiber,Big Cable) will eventually step up if you don't in my opinion.
Anyway, I hope that we get U-Verse eventually (Buford GA area). Will continue to follow these threads and others looking for a sign of hope I guess. Just tired of all these communication monopolies running the show holding the consumer back.