What does this mean for me? I don't know yet. There's a lot of time between now and the end of 2004. All sorts of variables are still in play and there are a number of ways this can work itself out. Most likely, I think the company will attempt to consolidate the workforce to Seatle, and when some people decide not to move, the company will decline to hire a new employee for that position. My guess is that they will be able to get a lot of workforce reduction in that manner.
If given the opportunity to move to Seatle and continue working for AT&T Wireless, would I do it? I don't know. It depends on all sorts of factors. At any rate, I haven't closed out the possibility.
There is also always the possibility that the company will change its mind between now and the end of 2004. I'm not holding my breath, but it could happen.