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Since I'm in the mood for some Bell Bashing, here's a bit of yet another article from CNET on RBOCS ramping up DSL.
- Andy

Many of the industry's most prominent observers, including Federal Communications Commission chairman William Kennard, say the Bells have adopted their new stance only reluctantly, after feeling the competitive pressure of the cable companies' new high-speed Net services.

"Baby Bells behave in many ways like farmyard animals,"
said Boyd Peterson, a telecommunications analyst with the Yankee Group. "As long as there's a big patch of grass for them to graze on, they'll stay put, even if there's another big pile of grass just the other side of the fence. It's only fear that will get them to move."

This "farm animal" mentality has put the Bells well behind the curve in high-speed Net rollouts, analysts note. Cable modem services have more than 1 million subscribers, according to a study released today by Kinetic Strategies. DSL, by contrast, had fewer than 100,000 lines in service at the end of the first quarter of 1999, according to DSL research firm TeleChoice

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