AT&T needs to spend $5 billion to bring its network up to par with Verizon, some analyst says. As I said before, during Operation Chokehold, they are playing a short-term game, putting the interest of shareholders ahead of the interests of customers. Anything else they say is just white noise. Things are so bad now that when Randall Stephenson calls me, whenever he tries to talk I just go “mwah mwah mwah blah blah blah” into the phone. Drives him nuts.