No one was on here swearing it, that was AT&T themselves doing this. They almost seem to be doing this as a political gambit. It's almost as if they are trying to prove the FCC Staff Report wrong, which stated that AT&T would do a footprint wide upgrade to LTE in order to compete with Verizon, even though they don't possess the spectrum.
It's almost as if they want to cannibalize their business in a grudge against the FCC. I can't begin to comprehend the strategy.
Maybe they would be better leaping straight to LTE after all, with a single HSPA+ channel for continuity's sake.