Federal Internet Law & Policy
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DSL: Naked DSL Dont be a FOOL; The Law is Not DIY
- Broadband
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- - Naked DSL
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- - Negotiation
- Reciprocal Comp
- Mergers
- Federal Advisory Committees
- Universal Service
- Statistics: Broadband

"Naked DSL" is a reference to the offering by a telco of stand-alone DSL service, without bundling it with telephony service. The ability to get DSL from a service provider without being forced to buy telephone service could have important market consequences. Consumers may wish to receive their telephone service from a VoIP provider over the broadband connection - however, if they are required by the telco to also buy telephone service with the DSL service, there would be minimal cost savings on the part of the consumer, and a reduction in telephony competition.

SBC/AT&T and Verizon were required to provide Naked DSL (DSL service not-bundled with telephone service) for a period of two years as merger conditions starting in October 2005. These conditions have since expired.

In other proceedings, the FCC preempted state regulatory decisions - holding that the states could not require telcos to offer Naked DSL. In that proceeding, the FCC also initiated a Notice of Inquiry requesting comment on "the competitive consequences when providers bundle their legacy services with new services, or “tie” such services together such that the services are not available independent from one another to end users" This NOI is open and pending as of October 2009.

BellSouth Telecommunications Request for Declaratory Ruling that State Commissions May not Regulate Broadband Internet Access Service by Requiring BellSouth to Provide Wholesale or Retail Broadband Services to CLEC UNE Voice Customers. WC Docket No. 03-251 Comments are due on or before June 13, 2005 and reply comments are due on or before July 12, 2005 Ex Parte Period

03/25/2005 MO&O  BellSouth Telecommunications, Inc. Request for Declaratory Ruling that State Commissions May Not Regulate Broadband Internet Access Services. FCC 05-78. WC Docket No. 03-251. Word | Acrobat