Wow I'm willing to cut them a little more slack than Karl is on the time it took to make dry DSL available. DSL was initially offered as an additional service over voice, so voice charges carried the load for line maintenance, central office buildings, provisioning systems, billing systems, etc. Allocating those costs to DSL only subscribers wasn't easy. However, that's all in place now.
I agree completely that forcing new DSL subscribers to take voice just to get the monthly revenue up is goofy. The problem is that while voice is regulated in most states, DSL isn't. Not sure what the states can due to stop them.