Readers: This is part of an ongoing series of updates on what happened to the AT&T U-verse rollout in Orange County. The company said in July that it was halting expansion in seven O.C. cities. I’m talking to each city so keep checking back for updates!
- Will every house in San Clemente be able to order AT&T U-verse? If not, why not?
- What is the proposed timeline for TV service?
- Where does AT&T already offer DSL service in the city? Show me, on a map.
All good questions that I’d like answers to myself. These questions — the above three summarized by me — were part of a 16-question questionnaire the city of San Clemente gave AT&T in February 2007 after AT&T inquired about offering its new U-verse TV service to residents.
“We sent them a questionnaire when they submitted a permit and they never responded back,” said Bill Cameron, San Clemente’s city engineer told me in an interview last month. “We want to know what the impacts are.”
Consumers in Orange County and elsewhere seem desperate for an alternative TV service. And traditional telephone companies like AT&T and Verizon began offering a full cable-TV like option two years ago with U-verse and FiOS. But roll out has been slow, leaving consumers frustrated. But do consumers really want the service? Verizon pulled back earlier this year, blaming competitors who started offering cheaper deals.