AT&T ‘Access’ gives low income homes Internet for $5 a month

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By Larry Banks

AT&T is one of the latest Internet Service Providers (ISPs) offering cheap Internet deals that should be more affordable for households with a low income.

The move is part of AT&T’s merger with DirectTV which took place last July. In the move the FCC said AT&T should provided a discounted non-bundled Internet service to low income consumers in its wireline service area.

“Access” offers three speeds: 10 Mbps, 5 Mbps and 3 Mbps. The former two will cost $10 per month, while the 3 Mbps version is just $5 per month. Customers who pay the $10 option will get the highest tier available in their particular area.

The deal for a low priced Internet package is a pretty good start, however the program is currently limited to the 21 state wireline service area and also requires one person in the area to be on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits from the US Department of Agriculture.

All new installations will be subject to the company’s monthly data policy which is 150 GB to 250 GB depending on the speed chosen. There’s no information yet detailing where Access users would fit into this however.

To check if you qualify, fill out the application on AT&T’s page.


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