Om continues to dig into access line losses at US carriers. A snippet follows. It is this ugly reality that makes me believe that the carriers will work very hard for a “legal solution” to their woes. ( ie net neutrality ).
AT&T Unity, or a desperate cry to save wireline: “So here is a reminder. In 2001, there were a total of 152 million retail lines, and that number is estimated to be down to 125.9 million at the end of 2006.
In other words, the Bells are losing their grip on their core business: the retail customer. UBS Research shows that by the end of 2006, the households served by Baby Bells (or their aggregated new parents) would drop to 68.9 million. By 2010, the spreadsheet of phone company horrors says that the Bells will serve 49.2 million homes. In other words, 41.54 percent of the homes served!”