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AT&T Proposes Alabama and Florida for Digital Test to Lose Rules

AT&T Inc. proposed offering digital-only telephone service in towns in Alabama and Florida as it moves toward abandoning its aging copper-wire network and escaping the U.S. regulation that goes with it.

The regional experiments, which must be approved by regulators, will help them decide whether AT&T and other telephone companies will be allowed to stop offering traditional wired phone service as customers migrate to wireless and Internet-based communications.