I admit that sometimes I post articles mainly because they directly impact me. Of course, this impacts a lot of other people, too. The picture for AT&T broadband vs. other telco offerings doesn't look too bright further reinforcing my view that AT&T is solely about making money for stockholders and acquisitions -- forget the product and service to customers.
With all of the AT&T foot dragging, I'm happy to say that I'm getting WildBlue shortly and not through AT&T. According to the article, there is no monthly price break for customers who will be getting WildBlue via AT&T, so why bother with them? However, this is good news for WildBlue and current WildBlue customers since this will boost the start-up's long term chance for success.
I called this one correctly when I finlly convinced my SO a few days ago that there was no point in waiting for AT&T to bring DSL to our area. It is not going to happen in the foreseeable future. This news is an admission of that by AT&T. Since it is getting way beyond difficult to get anything meaningful done without broadband, my WildBlue satellite dish is on order.
As to AT&T WiMax, I don't see that rollout occuring quickly and unless they announce it, waiting for someday in any given location is futile with the behemoth telco.
The good news is that finally we all have some information on which to base our broadband Internet service decisions if we live in an AT&T area not currently served by DSL or by a cable company.