This item from Bloomberg/Businessweek helps explain why AT&T is opting to invest $6 billion in its wireline infrastructure. The telco has been bleeding residential connections for years as these customers have dropped landline service and migrated to mobile wireless. This is particularly true for those residential customers not offered wireline Internet service and thus had no reason to keep their landline account active.
AT&T is apparently now hoping to win those customers back and retain those thinking of cutting the cord by providing them Internet service via its proprietary, VDSL-based U-verse IPDSLAM service. According to an AT&T news release today announcing its 3-year, $14 billion CAPex plan, U-verse IPDSLAM will provide Internet access and Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP)
to 24 million customer premises in AT&T's wireline service area by