Why Verizon is Killing DSL & Cheap Broadband

If you or your neighbors are skeptical of supporting the Princeton broadband initiative because you have DSL, think again. Below are two current stories in the mainstream tech press that provide even more tangible proof that DSL is not a viable long-term solution for Princeton broadband needs.

Why Verizon is killing DSL & cheap broadband

The slow death of DSL will cause the rapid rise of expensive broadband if Verizon’s Fusion service is any indication. Verizon launched home-broadband powered by its wireless network — letting consumers trade unlimited slow broadband from a wire for faster, capped and more expensive service.

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Verizon’s Driving Away DSL Users Intentionally With Rate Hikes Gives DSL Users $5 Rate Hike As Thanks For Loyalty

With the exception of some major cities where they’re still adhering to franchise obligations, Verizon’s FiOS expansion is over, and Verizon has been making it very clear that they have no interest in those customers remaining on DSL. The company last year returned to forcing new DSL users to subscriber to costly landline service, and now users in our Verizon DSL forum say they’re being notified that yet another round of traditional rate hikes have arrived.

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3 comments

  1. Gary Langevin, 29 Old Brooks Station Road, Owner of Wachusett Systems and PC Support

    I checked Verizon HomeFusion Broadband pricing this morning (7-5-2013) and below is the chart from this website:
    http://www.verizonwireless.com/b2c/homefusion/hf/main.do?rememberMyZip=&prevstate=&go=/homefusion/hf/main.do&&change=&zipcode=1541&state=&fd=&filter=

    HomeFusion Broadband Plans
    Monthly Data Allowance Monthly Access
    10GB $60
    20GB $90
    30GB $120

    Here is a simple example of wireless limitations due to the HomeFusion Broadband usage caps (just like cell phones). One Blue Ray quality movie is about 4GB so if you watch 2 per week you will be over your $120 quota! Without our own fiber optic system we are at their mercy.

    Gary Langevin
    POB 181
    29 Old Brooks Station Road

    • richwagner

      Great point Gary. You touch on the key limiting point for wireless as a viable home solution – the data caps are just too small for normal usage in a home environment.

  2. richwagner

    Even if I ignore the cost prohibitive data allowance issue, I should add that HomeFusion is not even an available option for my address in Princeton. “Service is not available for your address” is the message I get.

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