An anonymous Qwest employee wrote in to mention that the company is announcing plans to offer "naked DSL" - that is, DSL without requiring local phone service. This is a big deal. We've been complaining about DSL companies requiring that you have local phone service with them to get DSL. Obviously, the advantages to them are that they get more out of you - but as an increasingly tech savvy population is ditching landlines for VoIP or cellular phones, this policy was only pushing people to go to cable instead. Qwest, who has not had the greatest reputation for service over the past few years, appears to be trying to turn this around and go after the market of folks who don't want to be tied down to a landline phone number they won't want or use. They're also announcing a new tiered offering including the incredibly cheap $15/month plan - that caps bandwidth at 256k. Not that fast, but for those who just want an always on connection, it's a steal. This is clearly going directly after the dialup user who hasn't decided to upgrade yet, but now has almost no excuse not to.
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