AT&T offering discounted Internet access to low-income households

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(CNN) — Some families may have more options now when it comes to finding affordable Internet.

AT&T announced a new plan to provide discounted Internet access as low as $5 a month to low-income families. Any home where at least one person receives food stamps will be eligible for the new program.

AT&T will offer Internet connection speeds of 3 megabits per second for $5 a month. Faster speeds of 5 or 10 megabits per second will cost $10 a month.

All installation and equipment fees will also be waived.

People don’t actually get to choose their speed, however, as they’ll automatically be assigned the fastest available where they live.

Though any connection might be an improvement for many homes, 10 megabits per second and under is still considered a slow connection.

The offering is part of an agreement AT&T made with the FCC as part of last year’s DirectTV merger and will be available until 2020.

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