AT&T appears poised to begin offering new U-Verse speed tiers that should offer a belated speed increase for bandwidth-hungry users. Earlier this year AT&T promised users
they'd eventually see 75-100 Mbps using line bonding, though the company was somewhat murky on deployment time -- or upstream speeds. Now an anonymous employee in our forums
claims that the speed increases are getting closer, but 75 Mbps won't be part of the initial round of speed bumps.
According to the employee, AT&T will begin a trial of these new offerings later this month in Dallas. The company will also start using bonded pairs for all new U-Verse installs so faster speeds will be possible for those users without a visit. As for speed and pricing, the source claims here
that AT&T's new tiers will look something like this when they roll out late this year:
$41 - 3 Mbps/1 Mbps
$51 - 18 Mbps/ 1.5Mbps
$66 - 30 Mbps/ 3 Mbps
$86 - 45 Mbps/ 6 Mbps
$xx - 60 Mbps/ 6 Mbps (future tier)
$xx - 75 Mbps/ 10 Mbps (future tier)
The slower tiers up to 45 Mbps will show up first, with the faster options arriving down the line. Current 6 Mbps users will be grandfathered on their current plans unless they want to switch. Current 12 Mbps users will be bumped to 18 Mbps for free, says the tipster.