AT&T doubles up on DSL speed

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

Dawn Kawamoto Former Staff writer, CNET News
Dawn Kawamoto covered enterprise security and financial news relating to technology for CNET News.
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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.