Comparing Low-cost Broadband Access

What are the choices for broadband for low income households? In an effort to service this market segment, providers like Comcast and Century Link are now offering low-cost access to broadband, albeit at slow speeds of about 1.5 Mb per second, at $9.95 per month for qualifying households. AT&T, on the other hand, has partnered with a nonprofit organization called One Economy Corporation to provide free installation and discounts of at least 50% on one service to qualified residents of low income housing. TimeWarner Cable, meanwhile, does not offer a discounted rate for low income subscribers. However, they are expanding their TV Essentials package to more states. TV Essentials offers basic broadband service that features slower download and upload speeds, although AT&T have not listed any prices for the service.

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