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AT&T is the largest telecom provider in California, providing DSL internet service to more than 70% of the state.

AT&T also offers fiber internet service to 17% of the state. Thanks to agreements made during their merger with DirecTV, their fiber service has expanded dramatically in suburban parts of California in 2024.

AT&T used to have fairly simple pricing, and simply gave the maximum speed available at any given address for a standardized price.

That changed in 2021, when they switched to tiered pricing, which is more in line with their cable competitors like Spectrum and Xfinity. They also upgraded their base speeds nationwide as of 20211 (just like Spectrum in 2020), so the lowest fiber plan gets 300 Mbps instead of the previous 100 Mbps rate.

The pricing changed again in 2022, but for the better — the company removed Wi-Fi leasing fees, 12-month price hikes, and reduced the all-in cost of basic fiber service by $10 per month. Troubleshooting AT&T routers is also simpler, now that they’ve upgraded to more modern units with fewer issues and a simple press-button reset process.

AT&T Fiber internet service is contract-free and has unlimited data. Contracts are still required for some of their bundled TV offerings, so watch the fine print if you add extra products to your internet order during checkout. Contracts mean that you incur a termination fee if you cancel AT&T while under a term agreement.

As of 2024, AT&T has discontinued most of their old TV products like DirecTV NOW, U-Verse, and AT&T TV NOW. Their current TV option is a unique streaming bundle called DIRECTV STREAM. The company’s main focus seems to be on competing for broadband service with the main AT&T alternatives, Xfinity and Spectrum.

2024 saw more pricing changes for AT&T Fiber, with the re-introduction of a tiered “promotional pricing” strategy for the 2000 and 5000 Mbps plans. These plans are now offered with a $25/month discount. However, the discount does not have an expiration date, which is unusual since most internet providers put 12 or 24–month limits on new customer discounts.

While the $25 off promotion can theoretically be revoked by AT&T at any time, in practice they seem to be intending to make it a permanent discount for customers with paid-up accounts and automated billing.

AT&T Internet-Only Base Pricing

AT&T offers fiber internet-only service at the following tiers:

Plan NameDownload SpeedPromo PriceFinal Price
Fiber Internet 300300 Mbps$55/mo$55
Fiber Internet 500500 Mbps$65/mo$65
Fiber Internet 10001000 Mbps$80/mo$80
Fiber Internet 20002000 Mbps$125/mo$150
Fiber Internet 50005000 Mbps$225/mo$250

They also offer DSL or IPBB service, at the following tier:

Plan NameDownload SpeedPromo PriceFinal Price
Internet 2525 Mbps$55/mo$65

AT&T Low-Income Internet Pricing

Low-income households can access AT&T’s reduced-cost plans, which offer reduced speeds and basic service for a lower $ monthly price.

AT&T’s connectivity program is among the cheapest offered in California. However, compared with other low-income internet discount plans, the speeds are on the low-end.

Plan NameSpeed Down/UpMonthly PriceWiFi Fee
AT&T Access 1010/Variable Mbps$10/mo $0/mo
Page Summary
  • AT&T Internet plans are available over two networks: a large DSL network comprising 70% of California, and a smaller Fiber network covering about 17% of the state.
  • AT&T TV services are available via their flagship AT&T TV product, as well as DirecTV and HBO MAX.
  • AT&T low-income plan are widely available to qualifying households and have the lowest price point in the state of California.

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Last Update: January 30, 2024
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