For years, AT&T has been doing everything possible to ditch DSL customers in a number of states so that they can force those customers onto more expensive, less reliable and data-capped wireless plans.
As DSLReports put it, AT&T’s “IP transition” is being framed as some sort of evolutionary transition toward a “glorious all-IP future,” but is really largely about AT&T gutting regulations in order to hang up on POTS (plain old telephone) and DSL users they simply don’t want to upgrade. Nevermind that taxpayers gave AT&T millions to keep the DSL lines up-to-date for many years to come.
Now, AT&T is going forward with their first “rural Internet access trial in Walker County, Al.” Households in the city will be part of a three-month trial where antennas will be placed for free on the exteriors of homes to establish wireless connections.
Of course, AT&T is still keeping many details about this project a secret. But FierceWireless has several details:
Eligible residents in Walker County, Al., will receive high-speed Internet of no less than 10 Mbps — and as high as 20-30 Mbps — as well as $100 from AT&T. The carrier will conduct surveys during the trial to gauge its performance and will not offer the service once the trial is complete.
AT&T will do everything in their power to have these results turn out well. Whether it is giving customers more money or additional free months, AT&T is moving forward this wireless plans across the country. It allows AT&T to reduce costs yet increase profits substantially.