Cutting edge sun umbrella.

Cutting edge sun umbrella.

As long time readers should know, I am not a fan of AT&T. We have AT&T DSL at the house. Almost 1.2 Mbps down and a blazing 0.18 Mbps up. When people started moving into the neighborhood nine years ago this was a reasonable speed for the country. BellSouth assured people that high speed fiber would be installed within two years. Nine years later, AT&T has said that we might have fiber within two years and certainly by 2020, their target date for eliminating copper.

And they have raised my rate three times in the past 18 months.

We are now in negotiations to split the construction costs with a cable provider to bring service into our little enclave. Shows you how bad it is that we are willing to bribe a cable company just to get rid of AT&T.

Eight miles from here, Google is planning on deploying gigabit fiber in Carrboro and Chapel Hill. AT&T is deploying sun umbrellas.

Update

To be fair, I drove by their pedestals today and the umbrella is gone. They have replaced it with an improvised awning,

How AT&T defines progress.

How AT&T defines progress.