AT&T is planning to launch its new $10 home Internet service for households using Federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP) on or about April 22.
The discount version of the company’s U-Verse broadband service, the result of a 2015 agreement with the FCC connected to AT&T’s takeover of DirectTV, will be available to any household that a) includes a current SNAP recipient, and b) doesn’t have an arrearage with AT&T incurred in the previous six months. (See AT&T fact sheet.)
According to the Census’ American Community Survey, in 2014 there were about 58,000 SNAP households in the city of Cleveland, 38,000 in the rest of Cuyahoga County, and 106,000 in the city of Detroit. By definition, these are among our communities’ lowest-income residents, which means they’re also among the most likely to lack home Internet access.
CYC is in the early stages of planning for a major campaign to help Cleveland SNAP households sign up for the new $10 service. Stay tuned.