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Writing for CNET, Marguerite Reardon notes that AT&T and Verizon are eliminating lower-priced Internet access tiers. That’s reasonable in areas with high-speed fiber-optic Internet service that provides downstream speeds between 50 Mbps and 100 Mbps for $60–$65 per month. However, it means that customers limited to DSL in rural areas are now paying the same $60–$65 per month for service that might top out at 10 Mbps. AT&T and Verizon both argue that they’re merely simplifying their pricing plans and that expanding fiber service to rural areas isn’t economically feasible. Regardless, the end result of the lower-priced Internet tiers disappearing is that rural customers are paying more for slower service.