FCC Officially Says No To Going Naked
Is it the end of broadband as we know it?
by Revcb 09:09AM Saturday Mar 26 2005
A 'deeply divided' FCC officially announced
that telcos can not be forced by the States to offer so called 'naked DSL', a phone line purely for DSL with no voice charges. Industry observers are buzzing with various opinions of the effect of the decision. Some are saying this is the end of broadband was we know it
: "The FCC ruling makes broadband an extension of phone service, rather than the reverse. It ties the data applications of the future to the anchor of the public switched telephone network. That's perverse. Voice is the application, not connectivity. We'll never have real competition if the incumbents get paid even when customers want to switch to a competitor." According to TechDirt
, "These telcos still don't seem to realize that the only thing they're doing is making cable modems look more attractive than DSL for anyone who doesn't want a local phone line, but would prefer a mobile phone or VoIP." Om Malik
also chimes in with some interesting observations on the FCC ruling
: "[That] competition... is as dead as the disastrous Telecom Act of 1996. Time to live with the harsh reality of capitalism. Where I think FCC has failed us is in articulating a national level policy which should mandate that pure DSL services should be made available. Phone companies should look at car companies for a cue - you can get a Honda sans all the trimmings or you can get it fully loaded. Phone operators, similarly should offer a pure DSL line for those who want (Qwest’s adoption rate shows that there aren’t too many!) and fully loaded packages to those who want the convenience. This is going to make for happy customers."