Naked DSL is here… almost


Verizon’s head honcho Ivan Seidenberg antagonized a lot of people yesterday with his comments in The San Francisco Chronicle. Given his previous comments about faith in wireless and its critical importance to Verizon’s future, I still find it hard to believe that he said what he said. His comments about muni wireless shouldn’t surprise anyone, after all he is running a publicly traded company with profit as a motive. Glenn, Esme, Mike… all had something to say. Just to point out, he was talking about a San Francisco Muni Network – which even I think is a dumb idea, and cheap political posturing by the mayor who instead of tackling the homeless problem wants to build a wireless network in the city. There are enough free WiFi networks in the city – all one has to do is look on JiWire.

And while that brouhaha was unfolding, Verizon announced that Naked DSL is going to be available in the North eastern territories once served by Nynex or Bell Atlantic. No need to subscribe to company’s voice service. Lets revisit this a year from now and see how many have take their voice off. Eventually naked DSL will be available all across Verizon territory.


Claeton Giordano

Telcos invested billions in what they thought would be a cozy duopoly to cover the last 1/4 mi of internet access into millions of homes and small businesses. WIFI caught them by surprise and now they are trying to lock out the competition. Only a telco could possibly fear competition from a government entity. They expect a fair rate of return for their investors risk. But when those risks materialize, they want protection from the competition!

Om Malik

Jono … call again and see my latest posting on this and use that as a reference for your request


I tried to disconnect the local service by calling Verizon and apparently it is a scam – another case of Verizon false advertising. The rep refused to let me disconnect.

Jesse Kopelman

The way I read the naked DSL article, it seemed to be saying existing DSL customers can drop their phone, but new custerms can’t get just DSL. So, if you are not already a Verizon DSL customer, this is no reason to become one . . .


His comments have more to do with the culture that a big telco breeds- centralized, controlled, expensive, .99999. The problem for Seidenberg is that IP changes the ballgame to- distributed, ubiquitous, cheap, and continuously improving reliability.

I’d be snarky too…

Glenn Fleishman

Sure, he was talking about SF’s network proposal, which is a total political football at the moment, not a real proposal, but Seidenberg wants to act like metropolitan non-cellular networks are impossible–even as he bids on them. No one is proposing these networks are built autochthonously–although that word is a misnomer when applied to something that may never touch the ground!

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