Verizon is dismissing AT&T's recent DSL offer.
A few months ago Verizon began to offer a fast DSL service for $30 a month as part of a bundle with a stand-alone price of $35. Cable modem service has become more expensive over hte past year with most monthly bills averaging about $50 a month. SBC and Verizon are both pushing DSL with lower price points and perhaps we will see a price war like we did in the mid 1990s on dialup access.
Canada, South Korea and Japan have dramatically lower broadband access charges ($15 to $20 a month) - it will be interesting to see if broadband drops to the what many regard as a psychological boundary for mass adoption of the service -- anywhere from $20 to $25 a month.
It would be nice to have more competition to force the lower prices nationally. People will certainly sign up for AT&T's service - but only in areas not covered by current cable modem service or Verizon (and possibly) SBC DSL.