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AT&T plans rate increase for broadband service, hopes customers will be willing to pony up cash for higher rates

The state of broadband in U.S. was described in an in depth analysis at DailyTech last year as "pathetic" and "disgraceful".  The industry is plagued with poor service quality, substandard data rates, zealous attempts to limit file-sharing, and most of all high prices.

Fittingly, San Antonion-based AT&T, notorious for at one time suspending user's right to free speech, announced a rate hike.  The rate hike, a $5 flat rate increase to subscribers' current monthly fee, may be financially lucrative for the company, but is likely to make no one else very happy.  The increase, announced Monday by a company spokesman will go into effect in March.  All states besides those acquired by the buyout of Bell South will be effected.  Bell South operated in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee, so these states are exempt.

There are some other notable exceptions to the increase.  The increase, while applying to the vast majority of accounts, only applies to the three slowest connections speeds; 768 kbps, 1.5 Mbps, and 3.0 Mbps.  The 1.5 Mbps service tier is AT&T's most used, with 14.2 million subscribers.  Most of these subscribers will be hit with the rate increase.

New subscribers to the 768 kbps service will be exempt, but most people don't choose this option.  Also exempt are customers who signed up under special promotion packages.  These customers are exempt for the remainder of their promotion's term. 

AT&T informed customers of the increase by email beginning last week.  AT&T spokesman Michael Coe states that the increase is to, "to better reflect the value of our broadband service."

AT&T has been having a tough time financially, ever since Chairman and Chief Executive Randall Stephenson announced that he saw weaknesses in the current consumer broadband and cell phone markets.   AT&T has also recently announced a controversial new filtering plan to snoop on consumer's use and block "rogue" file sharing traffic.

The consumer internet world has been having a tough time in the U.S. and abroad of late.  In France, the government threatens an internet tax which would raise prices.  In the U.S. domain tasters exploit the system to take domains and ad-revenue from legitimate users.   Meanwhile, Time Warner recently announced an even more scary proposal for the consumer broadand industry -- usage based billing schemes.  Normal consumer broadband is speed limited, but has no monthly bandwidth limit, to the delight of many downloaders.  Unfortunately, Time Warner labels these individuals "devil users" and looks to curb a feeling of entitlement to "all you can eat" internet.

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By billybob24 on 2/6/2008 1:30:29 AM , Rating: 0
I just went and read the linked Dailytech article. It basically was a joke as I expected. It listed high speeds for Japan, which are an erroneous argument as I pointed out due to the tiny geographic size of the country which is an innate advantage. Not too mention, all facts mentioned in the article are probably lies anyway. The article mentions some superfast Jap broadband but gives no clue how much it costs or what percent of the population has it. Could be 1% penetration for $1,000 a month for all we know. Next they went on to list that Europe apparantly has a choice of 20 or 30 providers while America has just a few..of course that's fine, but in no way does it establish Europe's service as superior, in fact I'm 100% sure it's inferior in the areas of price and speed, Dailytech of course did not mention either aspect. So yeah, Europe could have a choice between 20 providers that all offer 56k for $700 a month for all the detail the article gives. But this is the sole evidence (aka, none)listed as why America's service is "pathetic".

Dailytech, You. are. a. joke.

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By Frallan on 2/6/2008 9:06:29 AM , Rating: 2
An example
this is just the first I thought of likley it is not the best offer in Sweden.

Translation is:
24Mbit down/8Mbit up, no limits, (339+60)SEK/6.45=62USD a month... this is including all taxes.

RE: Re
By frobizzle on 2/6/2008 10:27:12 AM , Rating: 2
Nice trolling! Too bad all that it will do is get you modded down and hopefully banned again.

Perhaps if you concentrated your efforts on learning to communicate better, improving your sentence structure, grammer, puncuation, etc., and then had something poignant to say someone might actually take you seriously. Doubtful but maybe.

RE: Re
By osalcido on 2/6/2008 6:20:11 PM , Rating: 1
youre an idiot for responding to his posts

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