Faster DSL, too slow

Verizon, has finally decided to launch faster DSL service (3Mbps) with VoIP applications; depending on pricing, probably targeted at small-business and power users. I think it is a case of too little too late. Those kind of speeds are already available on cable networks and other DSL providers such as Covad (and AT&T). On VoIP, VZ is lagging SBC, (as if anyone can, but there is always a joker in the pack!) and will be playing catch up. My two cents, VZ just needs to step up and show the bold vision it showed in the wireless world. (SBC DSL speeds, well lets not even bring this up!)

It is good to know that Verizon is getting really serious about DSL, and plans to aggressively roll out more connections. According to Boston Globe, the company plans to

upgrade 7 million more phone lines to support DSL, including millions in rural areas where Verizon will use new technology that extends DSL availability beyond the current limit, which is generally a zone within three miles of a Verizon switching station. Verizon added DSL coverage to 10 million phone lines last year to make the service available to over 80 percent of its phone customers.

The company, the Boston daily reports is pretty gung ho and wants to use DSL to compete with the pesky upstarts and larger rivals such as AT&T. Of course all their efforts, would come apart when all cable guys start offering 6 Mbps connections standard. Okay one more question, which none of the news outlets have asked: Jesus if they are getting so serious about DSL, what happens to FTTP? Does that mean that project is dead on arrival?


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