AT&T will use broadband services to help small businesses

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AT&T Inc. will use its newly rebranded AT&T wireless retail stores, formerly Cingular retail stores, to market and sell its broadband Internet service to small businesses.

Sales consultants in the 780 AT&T wireless retail stores can now provide customized assistance and complete the order process for broadband Internet service, in addition to selling AT&T's existing suite of wireless services that are specifically designed for small businesses.

“AT&T knows that each business owner, like each business, is different, and we recognize that each one has different purchasing preferences,” said John Regan, vice president, AT&T Business Marketing. “Our retail channel is one of our key competitive differentiators and allows small business owners to work face to face with our retail sales consultants.

AT&T Yahoo! High Speed Internet Business Edition is available for purchase by small businesses at company retail stores in 13 states — Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, Oklahoma, Ohio, Texas and Wisconsin.

In addition, the company plans to offer FastAccess® Business DSL in retail stores in the former BellSouth’s nine-state local service area (Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee) by the end of the year.

AT&T offers a variety of broadband Internet options to meet the unique needs of small businesses. AT&T Yahoo! High Speed Internet Business Edition is available in the 13-state area with maximum downstream speeds ranging from 1.5 Mbps to 6.0 Mbps; prices start at $34.99/month.

AT&T Yahoo! High Speed Internet Business Edition includes Service Level Agreements (SLAs), AT&T Yahoo! Online Protection and Business Class Technical Support. Currently, AT&T Yahoo! Business Mail and AT&T Wi-Fi Basic Service are included at no charge after rebate redemption.

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