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AT&T: Be Vewwy Vewwy Quiet About Cheap DSL

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AT&T’s been sounding its trumpets about new wireless video offerings, especially in advance of the much-anticipated iPhone launch. They’ve kept those trumpets far away, however, from their FCC-required $10 per month DSL.

The low-priced DSL Lite was a concession the company made in order for the FCC to approve an $86 billion merger with BellSouth. The regulatory agency hoped AT&T’s cheaper offering of its base DSL subscription at 768 kbps would encourage wider adoption of broadband connections.

The FCC required AT&T to offer DSL at this price for two years, as well as adhere to Net Neutrality principles. They didn’t, though, say they had to promote the cheaper offering, or offer it to everyone.

Reuters points out that the service is listed fairly deep in the website and is only available to new subscribers, meaning loyal customers are stuck paying the standard 40 times bandwidth price they’re already paying.

Reuters still hasn’t figured out the value of linking, so the Consumerist has picked up the slack. Writing for the Consumerist, Meghann Marco advises:

Keep an eye out for the next concession, so-called "naked DSL." Within 6 months, AT&T will be required to offer DSL with no local phone service. The treasure hunt to find that one on their site should be equally fun.

AT&T: Be Vewwy Vewwy Quiet About Cheap DSL
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