AT&T is proposing to select Carbon Hill, Alabama as one of two sites to test a complete transition to IP and subsequent decommissioning of its PSTN infrastructure.
The multi-year trial, which will be overseen by the Federal Communications Commission, would serve as a model for an eventual rollout of AT&T's Internet-based network nationally.
"We believe all consumers and businesses deserve the opportunity to be connected by the best network technology available," said Fred McCallum, President of AT&T Alabama. "This trial is going to help the entire country learn how to make that happen while assuring that consumers stay safe and connected. We look forward to strengthening America's communications future with our customers in Carbon Hill, and to preserving the values of universal service, competition, public safety, reliability and consumer protection."