The DSL death march continues….

7 thoughts on “The DSL death march continues….”

  1. Are they taking into account any rises in independent DSL provider subscribers? I dropped AT&T DSL last May when they announced monthly data caps and moved to a small, regional DSL provider with no caps.

  2. It took AT&T 5 years from them promoting U-Verse “Coming in 2 Months!” in my area to actually start offering it. As it turns out, they only are offering U-Verse Internet and not the TV that goes along with it, which is actually half the best part. I went with another company that provides DSL and soon Fiber in my area (build out now, and in 2 more years actual service).

  3. Om, you can’t continue to write these articles without differentiating between ADSL and VDSL. It’s true that AT&T lost 615k ADSL subscribers in Q1, but you fail to point out explicitly that the 718k new U-verse subscribers are using VDSL connections. Therefore, AT&T is *growing* their total DSL business. To use their subscriber numbers to illustrate the “death of DSL” is misguided. There is a case to be made for declining DSL, but AT&T is the wrong example to use.

  4. What about the areas where you are left with only two choices for internet – cable and DSL. Verizon refuses to bring FiOS internet services to a lot of areas. Don’t count out DSL yet. My home is very close to the CO, so DSL works extremely well. However, we are literally at the end of the line for Cable internet service. It is so bad that DSL is better. I would love to get FiOS or an AT&T alternative, but since Verizon won’t run FiOS everywhere, we’re SOL.

  5. When the vectoring comes, the DSL is going to rise again. Vectoring enables the cancellation of the crosstalk that has been the major factor in limiting data rates in the DSL. Due to vectoring, the data rates would go as high as 100 Mbps. Watch out for it.

  6. What is “classic dsl”? Does that refer to a speed or a technology?
    And why would Spotify be mentioned as a big bandwidth consumer?
    (it’s just music, right? surely must be less than 200kb/s?)

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