Thursday, July 21, 2016

No Demand for Fractional T-1?

AT&T has asked the Federal Communications Commission for permission to stop selling fractional T-1 services that have very little demand in e in Arkansas, California, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas and Wisconsin.

In fact, says AT&T, the company “has no customers subscribing to this service in Arkansas, California, Kansas, Missouri, Nevada, Oklahoma, and Texas.”

Once upon a time, a fractional T-1 (128 kbps, 256 kbps, 384 kbps, 512 kbps or 768 kbps) service was an affordable alternative to purchase of full T-1 services. In the 1990s, some of you might even have purchased a fractional T-1 service (consumer or business).

These days, even if some legacy applications remain, you would be hard pressed to point to any widely-used or mission-critical service that depends on fractional T-1, and fewer and fewer applications for full T-1 services as well.

As AT&T points out, people and businesses simply do not buy fractional T-1 anymore.

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