While Qwest jumped on the naked DSL train pretty quickly, Verizon, SBC and BellSouth have all been holding back as long as possible. BellSouth has been the most resistant. Verizon had run some tests, and while they had indicated they would start letting people get DSL without local phone service, now they're delaying that offering, claiming that it's not ready to go. What they really mean is that their VoIP offering isn't ready for prime time. While the Bells don't want to give up their voice minutes, sooner or later they need to realize that by denying people the ability to sign up for DSL without having local phone service, they're simply driving customers to the cable providers instead. However, those Bells are hoping that maybe they'll be able to recoup some of that revenue by offering VoIP. While Verizon does have a VoIP play, the delay in naked DSL planning suggests they realize it's not ready for prime time. If it were ready, then they'd be pushing that alongside DSL as an alternative to their traditional phone lines.
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