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Many folks in Lafayette, Louisiana would disagree with me, but BellSouth, to me seems like a bell operating company with a clear and coherent plan for the IP revolution. They are making evolutionary moves, without risking mega billions of dollars. BellSouth chairman and CEO Duane Ackerman […]

Many folks in Lafayette, Louisiana would disagree with me, but BellSouth, to me seems like a bell operating company with a clear and coherent plan for the IP revolution. They are making evolutionary moves, without risking mega billions of dollars. BellSouth chairman and CEO Duane Ackerman was speaking today at the Supercomm show. “Finally the exciting shift is underway,” Ackerman said, “Every customer experience is being transformed. And, a new broadband economy is on the rise.” He was quick to point out that he is not interested in buying older generation telephone connections, and expanding. A not so subtle dig at Verizon and SBC perhaps? “We believe that in this emerging, dynamic IP world, we must consistently seek new ways of delivering high-speed, integrated communications without investing in yesterday’s technology or in no-growth, old-growth lines of business,” he said. Unlike its bigger Bell peers, BLS already serves more than one million homes with fiber-to-the-curb technology. Further, BellSouth has more than 5.2 million miles of fiber today and is increasing that deployment by about 10 percent year over year. The company is going to introduce a higher speed service later this year, and will slowly ramp up the speeds on its DSL network. “I believe the future belongs to those who balance vision with the fundamentals, the short-term with the long-term, and the promise of technology with the real needs of people,” Ackerman said. “BellSouth is about striking that balance. That’s our credibility. That’s who we are.”

  1. It also doesn’t hurt BellSouth that their service footprint benefits from positive household growth.

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  2. [...] istently interesting commentator on all things broadband. His analysis of how BellSouth is rolling out broadband is on point. Om doesn’t mention that BellSouth will use IP [...]

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  3. [...] istently interesting commentator on all things broadband. His analysis of how BellSouth is rolling out broadband is on point. Om doesn’t mention that BellSouth will use IP [...]

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  4. [...] istently interesting commentator on all things broadband. His analysis of how BellSouth is rolling out broadband is on point. Om doesn’t mention that BellSouth will use IP [...]

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  5. [...] A lot of people are feeling negative on the company, but I am not. It is one of the innovators, reluctant as it might be, amongst Bells. It will roll-out video services much before their Cingular partner SBC. They have some of the fastest growing geographies under their footprint. They could buy Sprint’s local business, and could go after some of the smaller CLECs. They could become reluctant buyers of Qwest, or even some of the smaller independent companies like Surewest. There is a lot of things they can do. [...]

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