If you are an AT&T DSL or U-Verse customer and just so
happen to be an extreme data hog, your reign of terror will soon be over. DSL Reports is indicating that AT&T plans
to implement new data caps on customers starting May 2 (notices will be
sent to customers between March 18 and March 31).
The data caps will be set at 150GB for DSL customers and
250GB for U-Verse customers. As somewhat of a token gesture to customers, the
bandwidth limit can be exceeded twice over the life of your account without ill
effect. However, overage fees will be put in place upon the third time that your
monthly data allotment is exceeded.
Overage fees will be $10 for every 50GB that you go over
the limit. However, AT&T will send notices to customers at the 65, 90, and 100
percent data cap thresholds, so there should be no excuse for customers to not
know when they are approaching their monthly limits.
imposes data limits on its wireless plans, so this move to landline data
connections should come as no surprise. Like its wireless data caps, AT&T
cites a small minority of customers that hog a disproportionate amount of
"The top 2 percent of residential subscribers uses
about 20 percent of the bandwidth on our network," said AT&T in a
statement to Engadget.
"Just one of these high-traffic users can utilize the same amount of data
capacity as 19 typical households."
If you're used to an all-you-can-eat buffet when it comes to
online video streaming services like Netflix
it looks as though those days are slowly coming to an end.
quote: I think your estimates of affordability are overstated.
quote: People like you are ridiculous as you don't think about the logistics, just what you think you deserve. As a network engineer, people like you make me cringe.
quote: How about receiving you have paid for? Is it a crime against humanity to expect a company to live up to a service that it was certainly willing to sell? If AT&T has to cap its bandwidth, then that's fine. Just don't sell it to your customers as something entirely different.
quote: I can talk on my cell phone 24/7 and Sprint can definitely handle it.
quote: I use my electricity 24/7 and StarTex can definitely handle it.
quote: If you don't like it, leave their service. Maybe if enough people do they'll remove the cap.
quote: We all pay for the greed of a few, same as every other thing in history.
quote: I like the highway analogy somebody came up with, except the part where I can drive on them 24/7/365 if I want and not pay a dime more.
quote: This is the dumbest crap I have ever read. So you think if the roads wear out prematurely, they will just crap money and fix the roads
quote: Get over it. These caps are actually quite reasonable. As long as they are adjusted over time for new content such as streaming HD video from Netflix or Hulu. You have to try awful hard to use 250GB of LEGAL downloading in a month. Shit I'm running bittorrent 24/7 and I don't use 250GB in a month.
quote: You must have forgot the part about Japan being in horrible debt, having government subsidized networks and being the size of a small state. Apparently you don't understand the population distribution, or you would have not said anything so stupid in direct contradiction of it. Lastly, the buffoons are saying they should be able to use their link 24/7 full blast and I made it clear that is not possible, even in Japan. Believe it or not, making Gozilla movies and Anime doesn't imbue them with super network powers. Meanwhile, in our wonderful country, we must contend with telco subsidies, extreme long hauls (which means you have to put POPs up more frequent than Japan) and more people. Then account for the fact that less of their population is using this technology and it is only available in big cities and things get clearer. Christ, you could almost make a LAN out of Japan.
quote: "We're adjusting our pricing for AT&T High Speed Internet service in an effort to better align our pricing structure across our entire service territory, and to better reflect the value of our broadband service," says AT&T to subscribers. "But don't worry, even with this adjustment, our pricing is still competitive across the industry."