@1ayv..uverse is not the only thing saving this company. Uverse is chump change compared to the revenues brought in by SSIM & CPE. SSIM & CPE are the cash cows no doubt. Video, dark fiber, Smart Rings, ASE, DS3, T1, DDS, 911, Fiber to the cell site for all of the wireless carriers, etc. These circuits provide a ripple effect of CO work and cable placement/maintenance that goes a long with it as well. Specials does have many chronic troubles on some copper T1's & DDSs, but there are thousands and thousands of high dollar circuits that we put in and never go back on.
CPE is a revenue generator also. Biggest point is that they are not limited to T's ILEC footprint. In those Out of region places they don't have to deal with I&M'ing the circuit s that feed their CPE(rumor is SSIM & CPE are getting married this fall). CPE even has customers within T's local wire centers who don't get their circuits from T, that's getting a customer that you wouldn't have gotten otherwise(Hello McDonalds, that would have been a good project to sell some circuits to).
Crazy times no doubt. I wouldn't feel safe in any department, but uverse simply is not the only thing saving this company. Better than TW & DTV? No doubt, but definitely not the sole entity that's "saving our company".