Will DSL Really Get Naked?

from the believe-it-when-I-see-it dept

For years, many people have been asking for "naked DSL" -- the ability to get DSL without also having to pay for phone service. While Qwest became a supporter of naked DSL early on, the other big telcos refused to budge. They would either say there was no demand, or they would announce it, delay it and then not really offer it -- even as they claimed they did. Even better, was BellSouth, which tried to jump on the naked DSL bandwagon by offering something totally different and calling it naked DSL. So, with that in mind, we're still a bit skeptical whenever the big telcos say they're going to offer naked DSL. Broadband Reports notes that AT&T and Verizon are now required to offer naked DSL, as part of their various merger agreements. However, it's still not clear exactly when this will happen, or what form it will take. Given how hard the telcos (with the exception of Qwest) have fought this, it's likely that the eventual naked DSL offerings may be "naked," but will have so many strings attached, that they'll feel pretty well clothed.

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    Stoolio, 22 Mar 2006 @ 3:43am

    Re: Partnered ok, Naked not-needed

    When I divorced a few years ago, I had to give up my beloved Fiber line that Bellsouth offered at my home.

    When I moved up the road I called Bellsouth and asked if I could get Fiber at my new home. They said yes, but I would be required to also buy phone service. This was not DSL.

    I did not need a home phone because of my cell phone.

    IT'S NOT JUST ABOUT VoIP vs POTS! Home phone service is a waste of money to people like me.

    I said no thanks and got Comcast cable. Which I loved more than my fiber.

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