I'm not saying it's the end of voice telephone service, access to 911, etc. My concern is for rural folks who rely on the copper wires to get phone service. If they are not serviced or replaced with fiber optic, and cell service is not reliable, what are we to use in an emergency?
What opportunity is there for Sonic if AT&T discontinues POTS?
The whole concern for me the the power part. Landlines work when there is no power.
Landlines work when there is no power because of the huge batteries in the switching stations. With fiber, that battery power is now being spread across homes, which is definitely not ideal IMHO.
The "opportunity" coincides with https://forums.sonic.net/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=6897, and I think Sonic will have some hard choices to make. If the CPUC and/or legislature says a big fat NO to AT&T's request, which I hope they do, AT&T will have to divest its ILEC holdings in this state, like Verizon already has. Frontier Communications, which bought into Verizon's divestiture in several stages, is edging toward bankruptcy as a result, so they would not be eager to buy into an AT&T divestiture, like Sonic wouldn't. What will whatever new company do to the bulk contracts with Sonic? And if the state says OK, Sonic will lose access to the copper lines for new Fusion service except FTTN, which may now be jeopardized at the federal level...