AT&T Internet Services
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AT&T Internet Services (previously SBC Internet Services) is a trade name for several affiliated companies. AT&T Internet Services provides the att.net consumer web portal and information service and the AT&T Yahoo! Internet service.
The following companies provide AT&T Internet services:
- Ameritech Interactive Media Services (ameritech.net)
- Pacific Bell Internet Services, comprising Pacific Bell (pacbell.net) and Nevada Bell (nvbell.net)
- Prodigy (prodigy.net)
- SNET Diversified Group (snet.net)
- Southwestern Bell Internet Services (swbell.net, sbcglobal.net)
- AT&T Worldnet (att.net, flash.net, wans.net)
BellSouth Telecommunications (bellsouth.net) also provides AT&T FastAccess Internet service in the Southeast United States. AT&T has now assigned the att.net domain and AT&T Yahoo! Internet service in the AT&T Southeast (BellSouth) Region.
New e-mail addresses from these companies typically end in "att.net", with older addresses retaining the domains assigned to them by e-mail services provided by Maillennium, a system developed by AT&T Labs.
The att.net portal has customizable web-based content including news, sports, weather, entertainment, email, applications, products and services. AT&T created att.net as a web portal in 1995 in support of AT&T Worldnet, a dial-up Internet access service. Following the merger of AT&T and SBC, and the subsequent acquisition of BellSouth, the purpose of the att.net portal widened: it was made to serve as the portal not only for Worldnet customers, but also for customers of BellSouth Dial and BellSouth DSL, as well as for all AT&T ISP customers in the SBC territory who had not elected to use the SBC Yahoo! portal. In an effort to make the most of the relationship with Yahoo! and to simplify its offerings, AT&T determined that it would close the historical, internally developed portal at att.net. All AT&T ISP customers were provisioned with AT&T-branded accounts on the Yahoo! portal and with Yahoo! premium-level e-mail accounts, and att.net became the web address for this unified portal.
Conversion to AT&T Internet Services
On January 30, 2008, AT&T announced that it would end a longtime partnership with Google for my.att.net and instead would begin to offer services provided by Yahoo! beginning in the second quarter of 2008 for all AT&T Internet Services customers. AT&T internet customers in the legacy SBC region of AT&T were already on the AT&T Yahoo! service. On April 2, 2008, the new att.net powered by Yahoo! was launched. AT&T began migrating customers off the old Worldnet portal and onto the Powered by Yahoo! portal in December 2008, and the final migrations were completed in May 2010.
In 2010, AT&T announced the migration of all former Worldnet-based accounts to AT&T Dial, AT&T High Speed Internet, or a standalone portal or e-mail service. Between April 5 and April 15, 2010, all WorldNet accounts that had not been migrated were suspended.
The AT&T Yahoo! high-speed service is only offered to customers who receive telephone service from AT&T in its service areas. Customers of the former BellSouth were still provided broadband under the FastAccess DSL service during AT&T's integration of BellSouth.
From 2003 to January 1, 2006, the ISP was known as SBC Yahoo!; because of the SBC merger with AT&T Corp., its name was changed.
Other ISPs owned by AT&T include Prodigy, whose customers were urged to migrate to the SBC Yahoo! service, and AT&T WorldNet, which still exists after the merger to serve customers not in AT&T's existing service areas. AT&T also formerly provided broadband Internet through cable under its AT&T Broadband division; that division was sold to Comcast in 2002.
E-mail services are now based on the Yahoo! Mail webmail platform and are branded as "powered by Yahoo!"
On May 2, 2011, all DSL customers of AT&T became subject to a monthly use cap of 150GB. The company began sending users notice of the change in Terms of Service on March 18, 2011. The plan for charging when a user exceeds the limit is to begin doing so if the account exceeds the limit three times over the life of the account, and the charge will be $10 for every 50GB of overuse for DSL users.