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Vonage Attacks BT & xDSL Line Rental

Posted: 13th Jul, 2005 By: MarkJ
Broadband telephony operator Vonage has begun urging BT to cut the cost of telephone line rental where a connection is only being used for broadband (xDSL) and not voice:

The broadband telephony outfit wants "naked DSL" to be available to broadband users so they can choose to subscribe to a VoIP service instead of a traditional fixed-line service. And it believes subscribing to "naked DSL" should cost less in rental than being able to get broadband and a traditional voice service on the same line.

However, BT has rubbished Vonage's appeal claiming it has little grasp of the costs involved in supporting its nation-wide broadband network. "We are aware that applications providers that don't contribute to the cost of building and supporting that ever improving broadband network have little appreciation of the economics involved," said a BT spokesman.


What do you think? Is line rental too expensive and does Vonage have a valid argument? More @ The Register.
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