Legal Issues

by Mike Masnick

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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    Mike Liveright, 21 Mar 2006 @ 2:48pm

    Partnered ok, Naked not-needed

    I don't mind paying for phone service to get DSL support and though I understand the people who want Naked DSL, possibly because they want to get their phone service via VOIP.

    On the other hand, I think it is ESSENTUAL that we have competation for content and contend delivory. Thus it is OK if the phone system provides the wire but I think it is desirable to be able to have another vender use these wires, at a reasonable cost, to deliver the DSL part of the service. That way it is more likely that there will be competation for DSL rates, services, and if needed content availability.

    The phone system should be paid for, whether the DSL provider is them or a third party, for the wire, but allow us to have the flexability to use a partner for DSL, etc. service.

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