A gentle and web-savvy blog reader sent this link to an official US Government website : https://nasea.faa.gov/products/roadmap/main/display/20/tab/detail/rmd_id/45 , which opens a page that looks like this:
Please note that under the timelines, the chart says “APPROVED” with a date-stamp of October 5, 2009. What were you doing in early October 2009? It’s pretty obvious what they were doing.
You might be reading this on your cellphone or you might have old-fogey vision, so I’d like to also present a closeup of the money shot, which you can click on to see the original/ official page:
What this US Government webpage presents is the official timeline for implementing Remotely Staffed Tower Services in 2018, followed by Automated Virtual Towers in 2020.