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paolo.franzoi 12/5/2012 | 3:02:05 PM
re: Spending Slowdown at AT&T?
I wish there was an edit button....

From the merger conditions posted on the FCC website:

"1 . By December 31, 2007, AT&T/BellSouth will offer broadband Internet access service
(i.e., Internet access service at speeds in excess of 200 kbps in at least one direction) to 100
percent of the residential living units in the AT&TBellSouth in-region territory. 2 To meet this
commitment, AT&T/BellSouth will offer broadband Internet access services to t least 85
percent of such living units using wireline technologies (the "Wireline Buildout Area").
AT&T/BellSouth will make available broadband Internet access service to the remaining living
units using alternative technologies and operating arrangements, including but not limited to
satellite and Wi-Max fixed wireless technologies . AT&TBellSouth further commits that at least
30 percent of the incremental deployment after the Merger Closing Date necessary to achieve the
Wireline Buildout Area commitment wi11 be to rural areas or low income living units. 3"

So if there is one area in SBC that does not have 200Kbps service, as far as I can tell then they have failed to meet the merger conditions.

I wonder how they are tracking to this and if the FCC is monitoring this commitment.

seven
paolo.franzoi 12/5/2012 | 3:02:05 PM
re: Spending Slowdown at AT&T?
To spend lots of money to get broadband to 100% of its footprint as part of the merger deal?

seven

Ryan Lawler 12/5/2012 | 3:02:02 PM
re: Spending Slowdown at AT&T? After the story ran, I received an email from AT&T denying any sort of capex slowdown or problems with Project Lightspeed. As a result, these comments have been added.
Ryan Lawler 12/5/2012 | 3:02:02 PM
re: Spending Slowdown at AT&T? After the story ran, I received an email from AT&T denying any sort of capex slowdown or problems with Project Lightspeed. As a result, these comments have been added.
rjmcmahon 12/5/2012 | 3:02:00 PM
re: Spending Slowdown at AT&T? I wonder how they are tracking to this and if the FCC is monitoring this commitment.

Seven; Have you read Greenspan's new book or listened to his interviews of late? Libertarian republicans don't believe in actual enforcement of any regulations. The FCC is more of the same. We'll need to get used to it.

Many in my neighborhood can get u-verse meanwhile some areas still can't get basic internet access via DSL (or even cable MODEM.) T has probably done the analysis and found that there is no ROI for providing internet access to hard to serve areas. Some will see this as markets as functioning and the regulators at the FCC (acting as central planners) imposing merger requirements as part of the problem as they set unrealistic expectations for a free society ;-)
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