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AT&T doubles up on DSL speed

Introduces DSL service designed to double download speeds for business customers of its hosted Web services.

A correction was made to this story. Read below for details.

AT&T on Monday introduced a DSL service designed to double download speeds for small and medium-size business customers of its hosted Web services.

The SBC Yahoo DSL Expert Plus service features download speeds of up to 6 megabits per second, double the speed previously offered to customers using its DSL and hosted Web services. (SBC Communications recently acquired AT&T and adopted its name).

"Bandwidth needs have continued to rise, as small and medium businesses are looking to power multiple needs," said AT&T representative Jason Hillery.

AT&T and other Bell companies are in a a heated price war with cable companies offering broadband services to lure away DSL customers.

AT&T's latest DSL service includes Wi-Fi access, business e-mail and a hosted Web site with domain name. The service is priced at $49.99 per month for the first three months (six months if ordered online) and then $64.99 per month after the promotion expires.

Previously, the fastest DSL service AT&T offered to its hosted customers was the Pro Package, which featured download speeds of 1.5 to 3mbps. That service, priced at $34.99, is still offered.

Under its Expert Plus S-package, the telecom giant also offers a 6mbps DSL service for customers that want to host their own Web site and have a static IP address. That package runs $79.99 per month.

Correction: Due to incorrect information from the company, this story mistakenly listed the bandwidth of AT&T's DSL services. The SBC Yahoo DSL Expert Plus, and Expert Plus S-package, both download at 6 megabits per second. The Pro Package downloads at speeds between 1.5 and 3 megabits per second.