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Verizon pulls the plug on ‘naked’ DSL

Fri, 04/06/2012 - 2:17pm
Brian Santo

Verizon’s experiment with offering DSL on its own and not as part of a bundle, aka naked DSL, has ended after less than two years.

From the inception of DSL, telcos would not offer the service except as a complement to traditional wireline phone service. The tactic served to encourage customers to keep their landlines.

But as wireless replacement became an irreversible trend, many customers objected. In 2009, Verizon relented and began offering naked DSL.

Now it is reversing course. The company is notifying customers it will cease offering naked DSL, according to DSLReports.com.

Those who currently have naked DSL will continue to receive it, as long as they do not move or otherwise disconnect.

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