AT&T has announced that it is offering a new tier of its low-cost Access from AT&T plan, giving eligible customers “up to 100 Mbps of symmetrical speeds” for $30 a month — a major upgrade from where the 10 or 25 megabits per second at $10 a month, the plan was maxed out. The $30 price may seem like a steep increase, but anyone who qualifies and signs up for the Affordable Connectivity Program can get up to $30 off their Internet bill, which would essentially make the highest-end Access plan free.
Of course, the faster speeds depend on your address, with AT&T stating on its website that 100 Mbps is only available in limited areas. Your household income will also need to be below a certain amount to qualify for Access from AT&T plans; for a one-person household the maximum income is $25,760 and for a three-person household it is $43,920. People on certain benefit programs like SNAP are also eligible.
AT&T will keep its original Access plans, which have speeds of 10 Mbps or less for $10 or less. They may be an option for people who can’t or don’t want to sign up with the ACS and can’t afford $30 a month. Those plans will still have data caps, however.
It’s good to see ISPs doing these kinds of upgrades – internet needs have only increased since the onset of COVID, and speeds like 25 Mbps can be very limiting if more than one person needs to use the internet at the same time. Early last year, Comcast also increased the speeds on its $10-per-month subscription, from 25 Mbps to 50.
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