DSL on the cheap


If you want no-frills DSL, AT&T finally has your answer. It's next to impossible to find on their website, but thanks to some good news reporting, consumers are now finding the $20 DSL deal.

As part of the conditions AT&T agreed to in order to complete its acquisition of BellSouth, the company had to start offering standalone DSL by the end of 2007. "Standalone" means that you can now get the naked DSL and skip all the landline costs you don't want, if you're a consumer who has decided to ditch the landline and go all cellular.

But of course, AT&T doesn't really want consumers to know about this deal or take advantage of it. They'd rather that you continue to believe you must pay for a landline in order to get their DSL service. So they've hidden the special deal on their website. If you can find it, you'll get a downstream speed of up to 768kbps for $19.95 a month, with a one-year contract required.

Take the deal while you can get it. AT&T is only offering this because of the agreement when buying BellSouth, and they're only required to offer it for the next two-and-a-half years.

Tracy L. Coenen, CPA, MBA, CFE performs fraud examinations and financial investigations for her company Sequence Inc. Forensic Accounting, and is the author of Essentials of Corporate Fraud.