AT&T will give poor people 1.5Mbps DSL for $10 if US allows DirecTV merger

Written by Arstechnica
  • Arstechnica
  • 3 years ago


AT&T is promising to offer cheaper Internet service to poor people if it’s allowed to buy DirecTV. This is similar to a promise that helped Comcast gain government approval of its 2011 acquisition of NBCUniversal.
Qualifying residents in areas where AT&T’s top speeds are below 5Mbps (that’s not a typo) will be offered DSL service of “up to 1.5Mbps, where available” for $10 a month, AT&T said in a filing with the Federal Communications Commission last week. It’ll be $5 a month for the first year before rising to $10 for the next three years. AT&T is proposing a four-year commitment in total.

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