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AT&T Boosts DSL Speeds to 6 Mbps
December 14, 2005
Watch out, cable operators. You're not the only ones hiking the speeds of your broadband Internet services. Following in the footsteps of BellSouth, the new AT&T (formerly SBC Communications) announced Mon. that it's boosting the top downstream speed of its DSL service to 6 Mbps, twice as fast as before and comparable with what most cable operators deliver. AT&T is also raising its top upstream speed to 608 kbps, also comparable with most MSOs. Unlike most cable operators, however, AT&T is charging more for these faster speeds. The new high-speed data service, known as SBC Yahoo! DSL Expert Plus, starts off at $49.99 a month for the first three months and then rises to $64.99 a month. That's up from $21.99 a month for AT&T's 3 Mbps service and just $16.99 a month for its flagship 1.5 Mbps service. But it's still in the ballpark with many MSOs. Although it's targeting the new DSL service primarily to small and medium-sized businesses, AT&T is also offering it to consumers. In similar fashion, BellSouth launched its own 6 Mbps DSL service last month for $46.95 a month.
Cable/Video Practice Leader, Light Reading
Alan Breznick is a business editor and research analyst who has tracked the cable, broadband and video markets like an over-bred bloodhound for more than 20 years.
As a senior analyst at Light Reading's research arm, Heavy Reading, for six years, Alan authored numerous reports, columns, white papers and case studies, moderated dozens of webinars, and organized and hosted more than 15 -- count 'em --regional conferences on cable, broadband and IPTV technology topics. And all this while maintaining a summer job as an ostrich wrangler.
Before that, he was the founding editor of Light Reading Cable, transforming a monthly newsletter into a daily website. Prior to joining Light Reading, Alan was a broadband analyst for Kinetic Strategies and a contributing analyst for One Touch Intelligence.
He is based in the Toronto area, though is New York born and bred. Just ask, and he will take you on a power-walking tour of Manhattan, pointing out the tourist hotspots and the places that make up his personal timeline: The bench where he smoked his first pipe; the alley where he won his first fist fight. That kind of thing.
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