AT&T is set to use a pair of towns in rural Alabama and suburban Florida as testing grounds as it seeks to explore the issues surrounding its desired transition to an all-IP network by 2020. The tests, which still need regulatory approval, will give the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) more information as it considers the telco’s request to stop offering traditional wireline services in certain areas. Carbon Hill is a town of around 2,000 in north-western Alabama with a coal-mining history, while West Delray Beach is a suburban area on the Atlantic coast of southern Florida, situated near Palm Beach. AT&T hopes to shut down its copper and time-division multiplexing (TDM)-based network by 2020.
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