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[ NNSquad ] AT&T to expand Wireless, Wired Broadband Reach

AT&T to expand Wireless, Wired Broadband Reach

http://j.mp/RFARY6  (AP)

   "Many homes in AT&T Inc.'s local-phone service areas will see the
    company becoming more competitive with cable for broadband service
    under a new $14 billion investment plan the company revealed
    Wednesday. But in more outlying areas, the company will start shifting
    customers from regular phone lines to wireless service."

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While the announced U-verse expansion is welcome, a forced move of customers
from landlines to wireless-based service implies the usual risks -- overloaded
wireless systems during emergencies, loss of service during customer power
failures, and so on.  Only copper landline service served directly from
the central office tends to be reliable in such circumstances, due to 
both higher capacity and centrally backed up power systems.

Lauren Weinstein (lauren@vortex.com): http://www.vortex.com/lauren 
Co-Founder: People For Internet Responsibility: http://www.pfir.org/pfir-info
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