POTS Ending (Re: Operation Ghost Click)

Stephen Sprunk stephen at sprunk.org
Sun May 6 19:44:12 UTC 2012

On 04-May-12 04:11, Anurag Bhatia wrote:
> Curious to know if naked DSL (DSL without dialtone & POTS link) is common
> in North America?

The availability of naked DSL varies from state to state within the US,
depending on how successful the telcos have been at bribing^Wlobbying
the various state regulators and politicians.  Even where not required,
some telcos have ended up offering it anyway due to competition from
other service providers, eg. cable, fixed wireless or mobile wireless.

> PSTN <<>> IP connectivity is banned [in India] which brings up back to
> GSM/CDMA and POTS option.

The naked DSL debate isn't about VoIP; it's really about the mass
adoption of mobile phones.  Some telcos see DSL as an opportunity to
force customers to keep paying for landlines they never use anymore. 
This is a big deal because they have a lot of expensive equipment
they're still paying for--much of it bought to handle the massive influx
of dial-up modem users in the 1990s--that is generating less and less
revenue every year.


Stephen Sprunk         "God does not play dice."  --Albert Einstein
CCIE #3723         "God is an inveterate gambler, and He throws the
K5SSS        dice at every possible opportunity." --Stephen Hawking

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