Verizon willfully driving DSL users into the arms of cable

By Karl Bode – Back in April, you may recall that Verizon stopped selling standalone DSL, taking us back to the stone age of broadband when users were forced to bundle a costly landline they might no longer want. That move was just one part of a broader tactical shift by Verizon aimed at completely re-configuring the American broadband landscape—potentially for the worse. With FiOS expansion frozen and most of the company’s focus on fixed and mobile LTE services with sky-high overages, Verizon has all but declared that the 35-45 percent of their entire customer footprint that will be left on DSL is essentially expendable.

“Every place we have FiOS, we are going to kill the copper,” Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam recently told attendees of an investor conference. “We are going to just take it out of service. Areas that are more rural and more sparsely populated, we have got LTE built that will handle all of those services and so we are going to cut the copper off there.” more>


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