Thousands Of Eligible Low-Income Households Get Improved Internet Service
Angela Siefer and NDIA have been working with AT&T to improve internet access and speed to many underserved communities. “Access From AT&T” is a low-cost broadband service that was an FCC condition of AT&T’s merger with DirectTV. Launched in most AT&T markets in April, the program is supposed to enable any user of the Federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to purchase AT&T high speed home Internet service at reduced rates. AT&T has declined to make its new low-cost Internet program available to many thousands of eligible households.
Said Siefer, “AT&T’s response is very unfortunate for tens of thousands of households in the company’s 21-state service territory who may need affordable Internet access the most, but who happen to live in places – both city neighborhoods and rural communities – where AT&T has failed to upgrade its residential service to provide reasonable speeds.”
Earlier this month, AT&T reversed its policy. Through ongoing criticism from groups like NDIA, improved access will be available to thousands of households. Learn more.