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It's no secret that AT&T wants out of the U-verse bidness. They been strong-arming folks to Direct ever since the acquired Direct. However, it also looks like AT&T also wants to kill the dish along with the land lines. AirGig looks to be the future. I wonder how it will work in virtually every new development built in the last 30 years or so where utilities are underground?
We're already bathed in wi-fi signals. Might as well go the step further.
None of this ever reduces cost. Cost sometimes increases though.
when the fancy strikes, AT&T can build (and does) an outstanding cable/internet system. I do not see U-Verse going away anytime soon.
Only exception to U-Verse is Xfinity system.
Having been an early adopter of U-Verse I can say that it has been an unqualified mixed bag. The main reason I've stuck with them is their customer service beats the snot out of the cable people and I own shares in AT&T. Other than that they'd been outta here a long time ago. The service completely sucked at first when they'd WAY underestimated the number of VRADs necessary to get the job done. My service is still restricted to a max of three channels rather than four because the bandwidth is not what they claim. It has to be throttled back for me to get three good ones. Signal just goes off for no apparent reason and always at the least opportune time in the program you're watching - this happens at least once a week. They finally got tired of me complaining I guess and came out and removed all the coax hardware and replaced it with wireless stuff. What really pissed me off was that they freely admitted that they no longer install or support coax systems because they are too troublesome, but there was NO, repeat NO, proactive replacement program for poor suckers who already had coax systems. Service is better now, but still FAR from bullet proof.
I see that you are in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. That is quite a competitive market. Whichever cable company/service provider that was in your particular marketplace, first, has the advantage. If you guys have Xfinity, then, that is a serious contender for market shares.
Here in the deep South, AT&T made a huge stake w/ combined cable, phone and internet services right after Hurricane Katrina back in Summer 2005.
With fiber to the premises. They are going crazy ripping up everywhere right now.
I don't doubt you, but where is that happening? They haven't done jack shit in my area for a very long time and I live quite near where their Corporate HQ is. Also, since there are no poles anymore in many neighborhoods, maybe the fiber expansion is how they'll do it. AirGig everyplace they have poles and fiber where they can't?
I work for the company here in South Florida, I haven't heard anything about this airgig. They have placed fiber on poles in neighborhoods that has poles, and now placing it in the buried ones. The goal is to have it all done by 2020. They probably started with the most lucrative areas first, they will get to yours eventually.
Take a look at the article link. I did some follow-up surfing on the topic yesterday and found this recent story. It seems only a small step to having these things broadcast TV/Internet/Phone to antenna on your house. No more copper, no more glass, no more satellites.
No poles= underground capabilities.
It kinda makes sense. They are four to five years away from AirGig assuming the tech pans out. Plenty of time to yank out old troublesome copper and replace it with glass in areas where they have no poles for AirGig. I have not seen anymore stories about AirGig since the one at that link. May have to surf around and see if anything new out there about it.
'...And it stands to be a lot cheaper to deploy'...but I bet you wont see your bill go down.
I bet you wouldn't see unlimited internet service anymore either.
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