For Those Who Hadn't Been Paying Attention: DSL Is Cheaper
from the been-under-a-rock,-lately? dept
An analyst firm has released a new report pointing out that, in the US, cable broadband is now 75.8% more expensive than DSL, which is obviously helping DSL close the gap to cable service in the US (in the rest of the world, DSL already has a pretty hefty lead). Of course, none of this is new. It's been going on for years and kicked into high gear recently when Verizon and SBC both launched "promotional" DSL pricing at $15/month for somewhat limited DSL. What's unclear, though, is whether or not this report takes into account all the other factors. First, this is promotional pricing and will likely jump up much higher after a year. Second, both Verizon and SBC refuse to allow real naked DSL, so anyone signing up also has to buy a phone line. The cable co's sometimes also bundle cable TV (or VoIP), but all this bundling makes it a lot more difficult to really compare the two. Simply looking at the stated prices of DSL vs. cable modem service doesn't tell the full story at all. It's what the DSL companies hope the press will do, but it's misleading and inaccurate.