xnuandax writes: "Well, it's finally happened, DSL provider Covad Communications has buckled under its post-tech-bubble debt load and filed for Chapter 11 (See this c|net article). While this doesn't mean that Covad is turning off the lights on its 330,000+ customers, things are not looking so rosy for the last competitive (non-Bell) DSL provider left standing. Seems that the USA is setting herself up for a broadband cartel (of Baby Bells) that's going to make OPEC look like a poster child of free market competition." The announcement is from earlier this week, but they've been acting bankrupt for a while. Just like with Loki though, this doesn't mean they're out of business, at least not yet.