Verizon dumps DSL-only service

Revenge of the copper networks!!!

Verizon Communications (s vz) plans to stop selling stand-alone DSL connections to customers as of May 6. After that date, new subscribers will have to get their Verizon DSL bundled with a landline. New subscribers will also include upgrades and changes of address. So if you like your current plan, stay put. The net of this move for consumers is they will get relatively slow broadband and are forced to goose Verizon’s dying land line subscriptions.

The loss of the so-called naked DSL option at Verizon is disheartening for customers who fought hard to get operators to offer plain old internet service without the plain old telephone. To see it taken away as Verizon is selling off DSL lines and seemingly uninterested in the remainder of its copper network looks like a blow to customers who likely have little to no choice for broadband in their markets.

At best it looks like a plan to coax a few extra dollars out of existing customers’ pockets or a gentle nudge to get DSL subscribers to upgrade to FiOS in markets where Verizon has both. In areas where Verizon doesn’t offer FiOS the worst spin on this is that Verizon really wants to convert folks from the unlimited service on its DSL lines over to the capped service it offers through its LTE wireless network. For all the details check out the article over at Telecompetitor, which has the original Verizon email to customers.