AT&T makes U-verse pitch to SMB market

AT&T is taking its U-verse IPTV business to, well, businesses.

The telco is pitching its service, which now is available in 131 markets in 22 states, as "perfect for customer waiting areas or employee break rooms." AT&T also is offering DirecTV in areas where U-verse isn't available.

"We understand that TV service may not be necessary for all small businesses, but for those who want TV to better serve their customers, we offer a great product at a great price point," said Ebrahim Keshavarz, AT&T vice president of Small Business Product Management. "Because simplicity and convenience are key for our customers to stay competitive we're pleased to offer a ‘quad-play' bundle across our local footprint, enabling ‘one-stop shopping' for all of our customers' wireless and wired connectivity and TV entertainment needs ... something cable cannot match."

AT&T said it's offering Business U-verse TV packages for half of normal rates through April, starting at $20 a month for the Basic 20-channel lineup, $32.50 for the Standard 100-channel lineup, and $40 for a Deluxe 200-channel lineup. Small business customers also can purchase Business U-verse High Speed Internet where available, with download speeds of up to 24 Mbps.

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