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Will AT&T follow Verizon in selling its California landline network?

Will AT&T follow Verizon in selling its California landline network?

Frontier Communications' bumpy takeover of Verizon's landlines in California raises a question about the fate of the state's other big controller of copper wires. Is AT&T also looking to unload its landline network?

The answer is a resounding maybe.

At issue are the copper phone lines that for decades have connected people's homes to AT&T's network. They're good for basic phone service and relatively slow DSL Internet access, as opposed to fiber-optic lines that carry super fast services such AT&T's U-verse TV system.

I've spoken with a number of telecom industry players and analysts, and the general consensus is that AT&T sees no future in copper...

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