AT&T said it changed its plan as the federal government’s evolved.
Its new Access from AT&T plan offers faster Internet service, with speeds increasing from 10 Mbps in its original plan to 100 Mbps. There is no cap on data usage.
The Affordable Connectivity Program represents a discount on broadband service through the service provider, which is reimbursed by the government, according to Broadbandnow.com.
Those who qualify for the program receive no payment.
Broadband provider Spectrum made the case for providing internet service to low-income families in a press release, saying its efforts to provide broadband connectivity have included expansion into unserved areas and and its low-cost Spectrum Internet Assist broadband service for eligible families and seniors. . He participated in the Emergency Broadband Benefits Program and looks forward to participating in the new Affordable Connectivity Program, according to the press release.
Its Spectrum Internet Assist is offered for $17.99 per month. It does this by providing speeds of 30 Mbps, with no data caps, no modem fees or contracts.
Asked specifically about AT&T’s free plan, Spectrum spokesman Brian Anderson said in an email, “Just as AT&T has its low-cost access program, we have Spectrum Internet Assist. And just as AT&T participates in the federal Affordable Connectivity Program, which can cover all or part of a low-cost customer’s bill, we also participate in the Affordable Connectivity Program.