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 Apr 04, 2005 - 12:00 PM - by Michael
* Why we don't have "Naked DSL"

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No, it's not actually naked. We're talking about DSL service separated from the requirement that users pay for local phone service. ISP-Planet's got word that Michael Powell's last act as head of the FCC was to make sure we couldn't have it.

But this one was too egregious to effectively bury. Requiring DSL users to buy $20 of local service from the bell is the kind of abusive tying antitrust law should prohibit. Copps and Adelstein (yet again) honorably dissented about "another ominous precedent for consumers. If it is permissible to deny consumers DSL if they do not also order analog voice service, what stops a carrier from denying broadband service to an end-user who has cut the cord and uses only a wireless phone? What prevents a carrier from refusing to provide DSL service to a savvy consumer who wants stand-alone broadband only for VoIP?"
I was tied down to that for a year, because my apartment complex couldn't (by virtue of a crappy-ass cable TV provider's exclusivity contract) have cable modem. It sucked. It REALLY, REALLY sucked.

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