Georgia Says DSL Shouldn't Require Phone Service
from the finally! dept
I know plenty of people who have decided not to sign up for DSL when they were told that it would mean they also need to sign up for landline phone service. In one case, a friend was told that the company used phone numbers as DSL account numbers, so it was impossible to have DSL without also getting a landline. Of course, with more people ditching landlines for mobile phones or to sign up with VoIP services like Vonage, this makes less and less sense (and gives people more incentive to avoid DSL). Now, however, the Georgia Public Service Commission has told BellSouth that they can't require a phone line to get DSL. It's a bit silly that they need to be told to do something that's likely to get them more business, but that's the way things work these days. BellSouth says they're exploring their legal options, meaning they might fight the ruling. More likely, they'll institute some ridiculous bundling package that makes it economically pointless to get DSL without a phone line. This is what Comcast does for folks who want a cable modem, but not a cable TV. If you just want the connection, it runs you over $60/month. That number drops quite a bit if you go with a "bundled" solution.