AT&T is providing DSL service to some customers for $10 a month. But it's a stealth offering because AT&T isn't broadcasting the deal widely.
Some users in AT&T's 22-state region can obtain the offer, which was agreed upon as a part of AT&T's acquisition approval of BellSouth last year.
While the 768-Kbps downlink and 128-Kbps uplink speeds are on the low end of AT&T's high-speed Internet access offerings, the $10 fee is precedent-setting for DSL from AT&T or any other provider. AT&T began offering the $10 service last weekend.
There may be more good news to come from AT&T, because its deal with the FCC in the BellSouth acquisition called for the company to also offer "naked" DSL without requiring consumers to also purchase telephone service or other features in a bundle.
So far, AT&T hasn't been promoting the $10 DSL, and subscribers have to ferret out the offer on their own.
For now, the $10 plan requires a one-year contract and local telephone service for a total price of about $25 per month, according to media reports. AT&T is expected to offer the plan for 30 months.