AT&T Raises Rates Further On DSL Customers
A 1.5 Mbps, 150 GB capped DSL line may cost AT&T very, very little to provide, but that isn't stopping the company from raising rates anyway. AT&T DSL users in the Southeast say they're getting a letter from AT&T
informing them the monthly cost of their 1.5 Mbps DSL lines will be bumped from $36.00 to $39.00 per month.
According to AT&T, the changes are necessary to provide the "best possible Internet experience" and to "better align our pricing structure across our entire service territory." Another user
points out that in fact all of the company's DSL lines in former-BellSouth territories (many of which are some of the least competitive in the country) are seeing $3 rate hikes:
Depending on your plan, monthly rates will increase by $3.00 or $3.05 per month. The new monthly rates will be as follows:
•AT&T High Speed Internet FastAccess DSL Lite - $31.00
•AT&T High Speed Internet FastAccess DSL Ultra - $39.00
•AT&T High Speed Internet FastAccess DSL Xtreme - $44.00
•AT&T High Speed Internet FastAccess DSL Xtreme 6.0 - $49.00
AT&T High Speed Internet Direct
•AT&T High Speed Internet FastAccess DSL Direct Lite - $36.00
•AT&T High Speed Internet FastAccess DSL Direct Ultra - $44.00
•AT&T High Speed Internet FastAccess DSL Direct Xtreme - $49.00
•AT&T High Speed Internet FastAccess DSL Direct Xtreme 6.0 - $54.00
Don't forget that AT&T already imposes a 150 GB cap on these DSL lines and charges users $10 per each additional 50 GB
. Also keep in mind that AT&T's actually interested in driving many of these customers to cable, as they're slowly in the process of shedding DSL territories
they're unwilling to upgrade.
76 comments .. click to read
The main problem is that most people who are still on DSL in these areas don't have a cable company to go to. In the Southeast, many areas only have old legacy DSL available.