AT&T VP says the telephone network is obsolete, pushes for "All-IP telco", no regulation
0. phoneArena 08 Jan 2013, 11:01 posted on
We've said it before and we'll say it again. The dream is to ditch the traditional telephone network and simply have a data pipe coming into our smartphones, and it looks like that's the aim of AT&T as well. AT&T's federal regulatory division VP, Hank Hultquist, even did a talk on the subject at CES, saying that the telephone network is obsolete, and he wants to push towards an "all-IP telco"...
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1. ckoch125 (Posts: 192; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
That way they can come up with new plans to rape all of their customers for charging a ridiculous amount for data only plans.
2. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)
That's the only bad part about it. VoIP is a great idea from telecommunication, imagine free calls to all over the world for one flat rate. Too bad it's not going to happen any time soon.
3. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4362; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)
Two things. First, the human voice cannot reach 20,000 Hz. The human ear in some instances can HEAR 20kHz, but the vocal cords cannot produce it. The upper limit on human voice is around 7kHz, maybe slightly higher for trained/talented singers. But I guess with that range we'd be able to hear Muzak in it's full brilliance while on hold. We don't need more frequency range, we need a CLEARER & LOUDER signal, with either longer tower range or more towers to allow for greater ability to make, receive, and hold calls.
Second, no regulations for these guys? Are you kidding me? Look at the price of things now WITH regulations. There trying to say it'll be better without them? Maybe for their bottom line but definitely not for consumers. I don't relish the idea of getting a loan to have cell service.
5. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 645; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
I was reading the article and saw that who no regulation, almost fell out of my chair. These guys are so full of it, I really want them to become dumb pipes now and before we get to this all digital network system. Nearly half my cell bill is taxes and other junk, so higher payouts for cell bill do not make me happy to have cell service at all.
Right now VoIP is a monster drain on batteries in a cell phone so well, they can keep dreaming. I doubt that none of the cell providers help with improving the technology associated with VoIP, I don't understand them pushing things so much. Help with the power drain issue first then possibly the uptake of the technology will take off even faster.
7. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2705; Member since: 26 May 2011)
I guess I misread my research, thanks for the correction. I've edited the article accordingly.
4. threed61 (Posts: 205; Member since: 27 May 2011)
Wish the "deathstar" would work as hard to make bad service obsolete.
6. Mobilephile (Posts: 149; Member since: 25 Nov 2012)
Hurry up Google Wireless, VOIP is the future
8. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
I understand that when he says this, he is saying this solely for the pursuit of profit, and that is what most companies strive to do. But they don't even have any tact or grace, they just have it out in the open that they are out to screw everyone over. Good going AT&T.