Verizon Will Force DSL Subscribers to Buy Home Phone Service. Awesome.

DSL is often the most cost-effective way to get a broadband connection at home. Not for long! It's about to get a lot more expensive for Verizon customers. Starting May 6, you won't be able to get DSL service without Verizon local phone service as well.

Phone plan pricing varies by location, but most people are looking at least a $20 monthly charge for something that's redundant if you have a cell phone. Current phone-less subscribers are grandfathered, but only until they move or try to upgrade their service. So if you're thinking about upgrading to a faster plan, you should do it before May 6.

Cable internet, by comparison, just got a lot more attractive. [Consumerist]