FCC denies states ability to force unbundling

April 3, 2005

Apparently the FCC isn’t going to allow states to force telcos to provide unbundled DSL—which means that they can continue along their merry way, forcing customers to buy voice services (and I suppose whatever else they want to require) in order to get DSL.

About the only nice thing about this is that it will encourage most of the ILECs to continue dancing their way to irrelevancy, holding onto a monopoly that is rapidly ceasing to matter instead of learning how to compete against unbundled alternatives.

Couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch of dinosaurs, either.

On the whole, this is probably good news for cable vendors, local wireless data providers, and VOIP operators…

Of course, the FCC has also recently approved broadband over powerlines (over the dead bodies of the ham radio community and FEMA, even), which should provided yet another disintermediator in many of the markets where the telco was still the only broadband alternative.

Meanwhile, I’m sure that there are a lot of would-be VOIP customers in the DSL user base humming a few bars of Eric Idle’s ditty. (warning—NSFW audio)


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