Monday, April 25, 2016
New AT&T Program Says, "If You Receive Food Stamps, You Qualify"
AT&T, one of the nation's largest telecommunications companies, has launched a new program called "Access from AT&T" that offers low-cost wireline home Internet service to qualifying low income households. These families are only required to pay $5 to $10 a month for internet access.
To qualify, applicants must be living with at least one resident who participates in the U.S. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). They also must have an address in AT&T’s 21-state service area where thye offer wireline home Internet service. In addition, applicants can not have any outstanding debt for AT&T fixed Internet service within the last six months or outstanding debt incurred under this program.
AT&T says service availability and internet speed may vary by address, and they that they will assign low income customers the fastest of the speed tiers available. Plans for 3 megabits per second will cost just $5 per month, and plans for 10 megabits per second will cost just $10 per month.
Applicants will not be required to sign a contract, provide a deposit, and nor will there be an installation fee.
How to apply
To apply, low income families simply need to go online to www.att.com/shop/internet/access/index.html and complete an online form. They can also call toll-free (855) 220-5211.
The only catch to the program is that it will only run until April 2020. After this time period, customers will presumably need to find another plan.