Scrooge Verizon! AT&T did the right thing, offering $5 and $10 packages for the poor. Anyone in the food stamp program qualifies. Speeds are 10 megabits down where AT&T can deliver that speed, ~75% of their homes. It's 3 megabits or 5 megabits where that's the fastest AT&T can provide. Where AT&T doesn't have DSL (about 10%,) they do not offer discounted wireless. Of course a higher speed is preferable, but this is decent for a basic service. About 40M Americans are eligible for food stamps. More than a third of them live in AT&T territory.
With HD TV looking pretty good these days at 3 megabits, people will be able to access 90% or more of all Internet functionality. The main thing that is impractical at those speeds is keeping lots of music and video in the cloud. I'm finding that very convenient, especially because Amazon offers unlimited storage for $55.year. I have 6 terabytes now backed up.