Internet Service Provider EarthLink is rolling out a high-speed voice and data service that does not require customers to use local phone companies.

Called Freestanding DSL, the digital subscriber line service is available in selected markets, the company said Tuesday.

The offering means subscribers don’t have tu use local phone service.
"Up until now, many consumers wanting to purchase DSL without the cost of a local phone line had no cost-effective solution," said Kevin Brand, senior vice president of access at EarthLink. "No longer. Freestanding DSL is a perfect solution for cord-cutters who want more choice and lower monthly bills."

Prices start at $14.95 per month for up to 1.5 megabits per second in speed. The price increases to $19.95 for 3 Mbps speed.

The service is available in Verizon phone company territory in parts of California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Washington, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, D.C., West Virginia and Wisconsin.