WorldCom launches wholesale DSL service

WorldCom Inc. this week rolled out a wholesale private-label DSL service for large businesses and resellers, combining WorldCom's Internet backbone with the DSL assets WorldCom acquired from bankrupt DSL provider Rhythms late last year.

Before WorldCom launched the private-label service, wholesale customers had to make their own arrangements to backhaul traffic from the former Rhythms DSL networks onto Internet backbones.

Most of WorldCom's wholesale DSL customers are resellers, but there are several enterprise businesses using the service as well, says Larry Rogers, WorldCom's director of private label and DSL products.

Private-label customers are still responsible for all matters involving DSL end users, including customer support and billing.

WorldCom's private-label service is available immediately in 31 metropolitan markets and 709 central offices.