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Old 08-22-02, 06:04 PM
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SBC to go to multi-tiered price plan for DSL?

I just heard this on Screensavers. Doesn't sound good. Does anyone know. Is the $50/month I pay now suddenly going to go up? Patrick Norton also mentioned that they're doing doing because they screwed up a few years ago? What does it all mean?

Okay I found the press release:

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Wednesday August 21, 9:04 am Eastern Time
Press Release
SOURCE: SBC Communications Inc.
SBC Introduces Plans for `Personalized' Speeds for DSL Internet Access Service
SBC, a Leader in Mainstreaming Broadband, to Offer More Bandwidth and Price Choices for Customers
SAN ANTONIO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 21, 2002-- Setting a new standard for broadband choice and affordability, SBC Communications Inc. (NYSE: SBC - News) today announced plans to offer new speeds and prices for DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) Internet access service through its affiliated Internet service providers, SBC Internet Services, beginning this fall. The move underscores SBC's leadership in mainstreaming broadband and provides more consumers and businesses the opportunity to take advantage of a fuller, more valuable Internet experience. ADVERTISEMENT

From a basic speed that allows consumers to experience broadband at a level of affordability that bridges the gap between dial service and broadband, to deluxe speeds designed to meet the heavy bandwidth demands of businesses, SBC Internet Services is making DSL Internet access service an affordable and attractive option for everyone. With new pricing and DSL speed options, consumers and businesses will have more choices to better meet today's bandwidth and application needs.

The speed options will include SBC Internet Services' flagship product, with connection speeds of 384 to 1,500 kilobits per second (kbps) downstream and 128 kbps upstream, a basic product designed to introduce dial Internet customers to the benefits of broadband, and several higher speed choices. Pricing details will be announced this fall, with all speed levels competitively priced.

Already the nation's leading DSL provider and a top five Internet service provider, with 1.7 million DSL customers, SBC Internet Services believes the new "personalized" speeds will accelerate the adoption of broadband.

"This new suite of DSL Internet access speeds reflects SBC's commitment to mainstream broadband by providing our customers with the most compelling and comprehensive high-speed DSL Internet choices," said Ray Wilkins, group president, SBC sales and marketing. "For consumers and businesses, SBC Internet Services has a speed to meet virtually every need, every budget and every application."

Once fully implemented, the new DSL Internet access service speeds will include:

download x upload
in kilobits IP Recommended
DSL Product per second Addresses(1) Uses
DSL Basic Package up to 384 x 128 one dynamic Web surfing,
e-mail, online
DSL Standard Plus 384 to 1500 x 128 one dynamic Downloading
Package music,
DSL Deluxe Package 768 to 1500 x 256 one dynamic Telecommuting,
online gaming,
DSL Standard Plus - 384 to 1500 x 128 five static VPN access,
S Package hosting Web/e-
mail server,
B2B commerce
DSL Deluxe - 768 to 1500 x 256 five static VPN access,
S Package hosting Web/e-
mail server,
DSL Expert Plus - 1500 to 6000 x 384 five static Hosting Web/e-
S Package mail server,
documents to
shared server,
high grade

(1) IP (Internet Protocol) addresses allow computers to locate and
communicate with each other over the Internet. When logging onto
the Internet, users are assigned a numeric IP address. A dynamic
IP address is assigned based on what addresses are available and
may change each time a user logs in. Dynamic IP addresses are
suitable for most Internet users. Static IP addresses stay the
same every time users log on, a feature which is needed for
certain applications such as a Web server.

Initially, some speed options may not be available in all SBC regions.

Current customers can continue receiving the same level of speed and price, or choose an option from the new suite of speed products.

The speed offerings are the latest initiative undertaken by SBC Internet Services as part of its history of leadership in mainstreaming broadband:

SBC and Yahoo!, through a strategic alliance, are creating the premier access/content provider for DSL Internet customers, one that's expected to deliver a completely new type of online experience and accelerate broadband adoption. SBC Yahoo! DSL will be available by the end of the third quarter of this year;
Through an expansion of the SBC Yahoo! alliance, small business customers will enjoy the benefits of customized DSL Internet access and dial services, premium Yahoo! services and other solutions tailored for the business environment. The co-branded small business offerings are expected to be available beginning in early 2003;
SBC has one of the largest broadband footprints of any provider, with DSL Internet access service available to more than 26 million locations (more than 60 percent of customer locations). Through the use of more than 6,000 neighborhood broadband gateways, SBC is a leader in extending the reach of DSL Internet access service deeper into neighborhoods;
With its state-of-the-art DSL Internet customer self-install solution, SBC Internet Service is making high-speed Internet access service available faster, with simple desktop installation in about 30 minutes;
SBC, through its local telephone companies, is one of the first providers to offer Home Networking, a powerful tool and platform for future broadband applications that enables consumers and businesses to share a single high-speed DSL connection with up to 10 networked PC's and share devices such as printers and scanners.
To find out if SBC DSL Internet access service is available in their area, or to learn more about the service, customers can call 1- 877-SBC-DSL5. Information is also available at

SBC Communications Inc. ( is one of the world's leading data, voice and Internet services providers. Through its world-class network and its subsidiaries' trusted brands - SBC Southwestern Bell, SBC Ameritech, SBC Pacific Bell, SBC Nevada Bell, SBC SNET and Sterling Commerce - SBC companies provide a full range of voice, data, networking and e-business services, as well as directory advertising and publishing. A Fortune 27 company, America's leading provider of high-speed DSL Internet Access services, and one of the nation's leading Internet Service Providers, SBC companies currently serve nearly 60 million access lines nationwide. In addition, SBC owns 60 percent of America's second largest wireless company -- Cingular Wireless -- which serves more than 21 million wireless customers. Internationally, SBC has telecommunications investments in 28 countries.

Yahoo!, the Yahoo! logo and all other Yahoo! logos, product and service names are the trademarks and/or registered trademarks of Yahoo! Inc. SBC, the SBC logo and all other SBC logos and product and service names are the trademarks and/or registered trademarks of SBC Communications Inc. and/or its affiliates.

SBC Communications
Joe Izbrand, 210/352-6973 or 888/613-7738 (Pager)
[email protected]

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Old 08-22-02, 07:32 PM
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These plans are pretty much the same as what they already have been selling with a few additional offerings such as the "Deluxe" 768 to 1500 x 256 packages. What their pricing will be, who knows?
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Unless they have (and back up) guarantees of service speeds, this is just another useless offering.
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Old 08-22-02, 11:40 PM
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They already have various levels. The thing to watch out for at some point is when they put monthly limits on the total amount of bandwidth used.

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