MobileBurn.com reported Thursday that AT&T wants the FCC to drop required support of the public switched telephone network (PTSN). The company calls the landline system "A relic of a bygone era" and points out that 700,000 landline subscriptions are dropped every month. The letter also notes that "99 percent of Americans have wireless coverage today." A national broadband plan makes more sense in today's world than required landline support, according to AT&T.
Writer Todd Haselton says:
AT&T did not ask for a specific switch date, but under AT&T's proposal the federal government would regulate high-speed broadband access. That means it would also have to make access to wireless or high-speed broadband as affordable for low-income families as landline service is.
As always, this one will be interesting to watch.