AT&T has announced that it is offering a new tier of its AT&T Low Cost Access Plan, which allows eligible customers to get “up to 100 Mbps of symmetric speeds” for $30 per month – a big bet upgrade from which the 10 or 25 megabits per second for $10 per month the plan used to max out. The $30 price might seem like a steep increase, but anyone who qualifies and applies for the Affordable Connectivity Program can get up to $30 off their internet bill, which would essentially make the highest access plan free. .
Of course, higher speeds depend on your address, with AT&T noting 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 be eligible for access to 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 keeps its original access plans, which have speeds of 10 Mbps or less for $10 or less. They might be an option for people who can’t or won’t enroll in CPA and can’t afford to pay $30 a month. However, these plans will still have data caps.
It’s good to see internet service providers making these sorts of upgrades – internet needs have only increased since the onset of COVID, and speeds like 25 Mbps could be very limiting if more than one person needed to use the Internet at a time. Early last year, Comcast also increased speeds on its $10-a-month plan, from 25 Mbps to 50.
Disclosure: Comcast is an investor in Vox Media, The edge head quarter.