9 thoughts on “Trouble In DSL Land”

  1. There still is a fairly good size of dialup customers to cannibalize. (Remember that the US is top 5 in overall connectivity, but only 12th in broadband, so that’s a lot of dialup customers.) I assume that many of the cheap DSL subscribers came from narrowband.

    However, the RBOC’s are reluctant to sell naked DSL, so they make it harder for people to switch from dialup (which requires their phone lines) than it would be.

    Speed is attractive, absolutely, as another way to convince dialup customers to move up. Cable triple plays also should have an effect. It’s rather baffling to me how many people seem okay with dialup.

  2. I would like to see symmetrical broadband. The future is all about downloading AND uploading content. I would MUCH rather see 8down/8up than 16down/1up.

  3. I’ve seen a lot of these articles and they all make the same mistake: confusing “change” with “change in the rate of change.” DSL subs are growing across the board and will continue to do so. However, the rate it which they are growing is declining. This inevitably happens in maturing markets.

    The statement “that’s no growth when compared to 3Q 2005” is incorrect. 2.6 million new subs represents growth.

    This may sound like hair-splitting but often times these headlines get simplified by the uneducated to the point where they are inaccurate. Kind of like when the government says they are cutting spending when in fact they are cutting the amount be which spending is increasing,

  4. Excelent.
    Afterall, the market will consider, in midle term, how realible the conections are. ///Is not rare become wondering about If we really receive 6 Mbits when buying 6 Mbits DSL. Each company has a particular (and exotic) explanation for its link performance.

  5. It is evident that DSL services are starting to become obsolete with the introduction of cable and t1 services. But, I agree that with affordable prices DSL services may still live to see another day.

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