Israel's Ministry of Communications will hold Naked DSL hearing soon

Naked DSL (also known as Stand-Alone, Unbundled Stream Service Dry Loop, DSL, etc.) is a general term for the provision of broadband services, based on DSL technology, without the need to purchase telephony services (PSTN) for the same copper line. In Israel, this would mean without purchasing PSTN services from BEZEQ, the former state run monopoly and currently the Israeli incumbent .

On Sunday, the Ministry of Cummuincations' Deputy Manager for economic affairs, Mr. Asaf Cohen, told the Knesset's (Israeli parliament) Committee for Economic Affairs that the Ministry will soon publish a hearing on Naked DSL. The committee's chairperson, PM Gilad Arden (of LIKUD, the largest opposition party), said that he would insist that of holding the hearing in the very near future.

These comments were made as part of a discussion on a proposed amendment bill to the Communications Law which purpose is to enable VOD services. It was made as an answer to a complaint by the Israeli cable television provider that the VOD clients of its competitor, YES digital satellite television, will prefer BEZEQ's telephony and Internet services as they are compelled to purchase telephone services together with their ADSL lines.