March 20, 2005

Paying for Phone Service You Never Use

Matt Richtel:

"I have to pay for a service I'm never using," he said.

He has no choice. His telephone company, SBC Communications, will not sell him high-speed Internet access unless he buys the phone service, too. That puts him in the same bind as many people around the country who want high-speed, or broadband, Internet access but no longer need a conventional telephone. Right now, their phone companies tend to have a "take it or leave it" attitude.

Local telco provider TDS Metro has the same policy: you must purchase legacy phone service with dsl internet access.

Posted by James Zellmer at March 20, 2005 12:09 AM | Subscribe to this site via RSS:
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