AT&T Keeps Up DSL Promo Deal Price War
from the read-the-fine-print dept
AT&T is making some headlines for offering ultra-cheap DSL, undercutting Verizon by selling up to 1.5 Mbps service for $13 per month. But, like all the moves in this "price war", it's a promotional price that more than doubles after 12 months. These cheap promo deals, in addition to giving the telcos plenty of free publicity, mask the lack of meaningful competition for broadband services, a lack of competition that imperils network neutrality. What's sort of funny here is that the article notes DSL isn't a cash cow for the telcos, and that Verizon's only started turning a profit on its, but notes that AT&T "said customers are more likely to stay with the company if they buy DSL" -- answering any lingering questions you may have had about why they make you buy a phone line to get DSL. It's typical of the telcos' cluelessness that they use broadband access as little more than a stick with which to prop up their dying landline businesses.