OCA Collaborates with AT&T to Bring Access from AT&T to Members and Low-Income Consumers
OCA has been working hard to help expand broadband access for low-income Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, because as the digital revolution moves forward its important to uplift those who may be left behind. That's why we are proud to support the launch of AT&T's new program created to address the issue stranding many consumers on the wrong side of the digital divide: price.
The new program, called "Access from AT&T," will help bring Internet access to qualifying households at a more affordable rate.
In 2010, the FCC stated that the Internet was "changing how we educate children, deliver health care, manage energy, ensure public safety, engage government, and access, organize and disseminate knowledge."While many understood the tremendous benefits which high-speed Internet could deliver, according to the Pew Research Center, more than half of consumers did not see a "major disadvantage" in being disconnected.
Today, however, opinions have shifted. Two-thirds of those without a home connection say they face a major disadvantage in many areas including job searches, accessing health information, or connecting with government services.
Whether it's used to find employment, access virtual library shelves, or complete an online education, we believe that Internet service can change people's lives for the better. That's why the company is making wireline Internet service more affordable to qualifying households in all 21 states in AT&T's wireline footprint.
Access from AT&T is now available if you or another person in your household participates in the government's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP. For those who enroll, AT&T will deliver an Internet speed of 10Mbps, 5Mbps, or 3Mbps-whichever is the fastest available at their address. Customers assigned a speed tier of 10Mbps or 5Mbps will pay $10 per month, and those assigned 3Mbps will pay $5 per month.
Qualifying households will not be required to pay installation or Internet equipment fees to participate in Access from AT&T, which will last a total of 4 years. Participants who enroll in service in the final year will receive the discounted rates for 12 months. Other eligibility requirements apply.
There is no doubt that we are moving rapidly toward a fully-connected future. Technology will likely change our daily lives in the next decade in even more striking ways than it did in the last. We know that Access from AT&T will help bridge the digital divide by allowing more those who are currently disconnected- including students, seniors and veterans - to more easily search for jobs, complete education courses, and connect with family and friends.
For more information about the program please go to www.att.com/access.