Bright House Seeking ‘Naked’ DSL Ruling

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Bright House Networks, a Florida-based cable company, is making a play to require all incumbent phone companies to sell digital-subscriber-line service on an a la carte, or “naked,” basis.

Bright House has complained that Verizon Communications and BellSouth Corp. require customers of their DSL and local-phone services to drop both if the customer just wants to change local-phone providers.

Moreover, the phone companies won’t transfer customers’ telephone numbers to new phone providers until both services are dropped -- a condition Bright House said violates federal and Florida law and frustrates its ability to market voice over Internet protocol to all consumers.

Bright House told the Federal Communications Commission that one way to remedy the situation was to direct every incumbent phone company “to port numbers without delay and to offer ‘naked’ DSL, i.e., DSL on a line without voice service also on it.”

Comcast Corp. and Time Warner Inc. have also complained that phone companies refusing to port numbers unless the bundle is dropped are violating FCC number-portability rules.

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