The continued decline of DSL [GigaOM]
In the early years of broadband Internet, DSL service from companies like Verizon and AT&T were competitive options to cable broadband. However, lately both of those companies have posted significant losses in their number of DSL customers.
During the fourth quarter of 2011, Verizon lost 103,000 total DSL lines and AT&T lost 636,000 lines. In fact, AT&T lost over 1.5 million DSL customers during the last three quarters of 2011.
What's the reason for the mass migration from DSL? The main reason is because cable providers offer a far superior broadband product to the former DSL customers. Just this week, Time Warner Cable announced that during the same period that Ma Bell lost over 600,000 DSL customers, 130,000 customers signed up for cable broaband with TWC. While other cable providers have yet to announce results for the previous quarter, expect similar defections from DSL to cable broadband.