At AT&T, we support expanding access to high-speed internet across the state of California so every community across the state can thrive in today’s digital world. High-speed internet infrastructure is critical to expanding opportunity, enhancing network resiliency, and supporting a brighter, more connected future for all Californians.

Top 3 Reasons to Modernize California's Communications Network Now

California needs a plan now to transition to modern technology.
Modern communications networks are the way of the future. In fact, many customers have already made the switch to modern technologies like fiber broadband. To keep this transition moving effectively and efficiently, California needs a clear, state-approved plan for network modernization. Without one, Californians could be left behind.

Network modernization is part of bridging the digital divide.
Californians should have access to high-speed internet for bandwidth-rich activities like online learning, remote work, telehealth and entertainment. But we know barriers exist, keeping some Californians from connecting to the critical resources the internet provides.

Modern communications networks are more accessible, safer and more secure – this helps more Californians get online, stay online and compete in the 21st century digital economy.

Every dollar spent on maintaining outdated technology means less investment in modern technology for Californians.
Older technologies, like copper networks, can cost more to maintain, use harder-to-source equipment, and are less energy efficient. Every dollar spent maintaining those networks is a dollar lost to investing in modern technology that benefits Californians.

Modern fiber optic technology transmits data using ultra-thin, glass, fiber-optic cables that harness light instead of electricity, resulting in more bandwidth and faster speeds. Additionally, fiber is future-proof, meaning it will meet customers’ demand for usage and speed today, and for the next decade.

Frequently Asked Questions

Network modernization refers to the many ways AT&T works to keep up with the always-on, anywhere-and-everywhere connectivity that customers, first responders and businesses rely on every single day.

Modernizing our communications networks can look like:

  • Integrating emerging technologies like cloud connectivity,
  • Planning for the changing climate by investing in resilient infrastructure, and
  • Addressing the challenges of legacy networks that rely on outdated copper technology.

In March 2023, AT&T submitted two applications to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to start the process for an orderly transition to IP-enabled wireless and fiber networks.

One of the applications that AT&T submitted, if approved, would remove AT&T’s obligation under regulatory mandate to provide traditional landline phone service in a large portion of our service territory in California – known as Carrier of Last Resort (COLR).

AT&T’s COLR obligation in California means that we must provide traditional landline phone service to any potential customer in our service territory. However, the COLR obligation no longer makes sense given that almost everyone in AT&T California’s service territory can choose among several comparable or lower-priced wireline and wireless alternatives to traditional telephone landlines for voice service.

The bottom line: No AT&T California customer will be left behind

AT&T is committed to keeping our California customers, first responders and communities connected through investing in our modern, high-speed broadband networks. We will continue to provide the products and services that consumers and businesses have come to expect, while investing in the next generation of technologies, which will benefit AT&T California consumers for years to come.

And we continue to invest in more advanced, higher speed technologies to connect more Californians. Fiber and 5G meet consumer demands for increasing speed and quality because they are better performing, more resilient technologies compared to aging, underutilized copper-based networks.

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During this process, AT&T is committed to being fully transparent and informative.