SBC Told To Get Naked

from the it's-about-time... dept

Earlier this week, my own experience trying to get naked DSL from SBC, and (in the comments) noted that Speakeasy, who would provide naked DSL -- does it in a way that it's economically pointless (i.e., it's so much more expensive, you're better off signing up for phone service from SBC). Now, the California ISP Association is apparently urging politicians to force SBC to offer naked DSL. This isn't the first time this has happened. Georgia told BellSouth they had to offer naked DSL, which the company did briefly until they figured out a way to get around those rules. What's silly about all of this is that it's probably costing them customers. People who don't want telephone service are simply going to rule out SBC as an option, and go with the local cable provider. Of course, if there were some real competition here, rather than a duopoly, there would be a lot more pressure for SBC to stop the forced bundling.
Hide this

Thank you for reading this Techdirt post. With so many things competing for everyone’s attention these days, we really appreciate you giving us your time. We work hard every day to put quality content out there for our community.

Techdirt is one of the few remaining truly independent media outlets. We do not have a giant corporation behind us, and we rely heavily on our community to support us, in an age when advertisers are increasingly uninterested in sponsoring small, independent sites — especially a site like ours that is unwilling to pull punches in its reporting and analysis.

While other websites have resorted to paywalls, registration requirements, and increasingly annoying/intrusive advertising, we have always kept Techdirt open and available to anyone. But in order to continue doing so, we need your support. We offer a variety of ways for our readers to support us, from direct donations to special subscriptions and cool merchandise — and every little bit helps. Thank you.

–The Techdirt Team


Reader Comments

Subscribe: RSS

View by: Time | Thread


  • identicon
    Ravi, 13 Mar 2005 @ 11:29am

    Speakeasy is a premium provider

    From what I saw, naked DSL from Speakeasy makes economic sense if your alternative is shared DSL from Speakeasy. Then it costs $6/month more in your monthly rate plus a $99 installation fee. I think that's about breakeven for the first year and should be a mild savings after that (vs getting a phone line only for DSL).

    I agree it doesn't make sense compared to cheaper alternatives (cable modem, or DSL from your local ILEC) but... there's also plenty of crap you don't have to deal with: they're Linux and Unix friendly, technically clueful and provide good add-on options (static IPs, hosting, ...) that cost much more from your local ILEC or cable modem provider. Certainly when I was fighting to get Comcast installed using my Linux laptop there were times that I thought about paying extra for Speakeasy, even though that extra was a fair chunk of change.

    reply to this | link to this | view in chronology ]

    • icon
      W Klink (profile), 14 Mar 2005 @ 7:52am

      Re: Speakeasy is a premium provider

      I already have SpeakEasy and am considering switching to naked DSL with them. Speakeasy offered to lower my montly rate by $20 for two months to help offset the installation charge. Since I'm paying $30/month to Verizon for a phone I don't use, this will pay for itself quickly.

      reply to this | link to this | view in chronology ]


Add Your Comment

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here



Subscribe to the Techdirt Daily newsletter




Comment Options:

  • Use markdown. Use plain text.
  • Make this the First Word or Last Word. No thanks. (get credits or sign in to see balance)    
  • Remember name/email/url (set a cookie)

Close

Add A Reply

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here



Subscribe to the Techdirt Daily newsletter




Comment Options:

  • Use markdown. Use plain text.
  • Make this the First Word or Last Word. No thanks. (get credits or sign in to see balance)    
  • Remember name/email/url (set a cookie)

Follow Techdirt
Special Affiliate Offer

Essential Reading
Techdirt Deals
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads
Techdirt Insider Chat
Recent Stories

This site, like most other sites on the web, uses cookies. For more information, see our privacy policy. Got it
Close

Email This

This feature is only available to registered users. Register or sign in to use it.