AT&T Internet Services

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AT&T Internet Services
Type of site
Web Portal
Owner AT&T
Created by AT&T Corporation
Website att.net
Alexa rank Positive decrease 1,105 (February 2013)[1]
Launched 1996; 22 years ago (1996)
Current status merged

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.

Companies[edit]

The following companies provide AT&T Internet services:

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.

att.net[edit]

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[edit]

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.[4] 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.[5] 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, AT&T Pre-Paid Internet or a standalone portal or e-mail service.[citation needed] Between April 5 and April 15, 2010, all WorldNet accounts that had not been migrated were suspended.

On May 4, 2016, AT&T announced that it had entered into a new contract with Synacor for the company to take over the majority of its in-house internet services. AT&T stated that Yahoo would still provide email services for its customers, but effective June 30, 2017, AT&T e-mail accounts will no longer automatically function as Yahoo accounts.[6][7]

Usage caps[edit]

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.[8]

Logos[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Att.net Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2013-02-02. 
  2. ^ AT&T
  3. ^ Connecticut Secretary of State
  4. ^ AT&T and Yahoo! enter into new strategic alliance[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ AT&T Internet Service - FAQs Archived January 27, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ Kelly, Heather (2016-05-04). "Yahoo loses key AT&T business". CNNMoney. Retrieved 2017-06-26. 
  7. ^ Shieber, Jonathan. "Update: As Yahoo's partnership with AT&T unwinds, users need to switch email addresses". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2017-06-26. 
  8. ^ Bode, Karl (13 March 2011). "AT&T To Impose Caps, Overages". DSLReports. Archived from the original on 3 May 2011. Retrieved 22 March 2011. 

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