"The future holds many possibilities" is what the audience learned as AT&T's Florida President Joe York formally announced trials of new technology planned for the next few months in the west Delray area. Mr. York described these trials as an "enhanced market survey" to reach out and talk to the customers to prepare for a transition to the new networks of the future.
Mr. York stressed the efforts of AT&T to present a reliable product and to be sure to keep customers safe, to be sure that 911 works, and to encourage competition in the marketplace, universal service, consumer protection, and product reliability. Many consumers already have moved to "IP" (Internet Protocol) Products.
The audience in the Hagen Ranch Library included Florida State Senator Joe Abruzzo and Palm Beach County Commissioner Mary Lou Berger and leaders of the Alliance of Delray Residential Associations.
It was mentioned that some people do not have a landline any more and that there will be a transition from "hard-wired land lines" to new internet/wireless networks. the concern is how to move to the new networks because realistically, it would be difficult to support two networks.
Mr. York explained that AT&T is going to invest quite a sum of money into the west Delray community over the next few years to bring the changes necessary to upgrade the communications system and prepare for the future. The trials discussed would be completely voluntary. Special offers to consumers will be made. For example, internet will be provided beginning at $14.95 per month.
Public awareness is being stressed. AT&T is awaiting a May approval from the FCC to designate the west Delray Beach area as an official trial site and ATT is working hard with the FCC for a trial to switch from old network to new network
What will consumers see in the next few years? More marketing of the services and products including internet, phone, alarm service, other products, and more U-verse.
Most importantly, there will be upgrading of facilities to accept the IP network which will provide more products to customers in an IP based phone system.
Photos: top left Senator Joe Abruzzo addressed the audience; top right PBC Commissioner Mary Lou Berger addressed the audience; bottom photo shows representatives from AT&T left is Joe York, Florida President, and right Vic Beninate Regional Director.
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