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The end is near for all-you-can-eat broadband plans

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.

AT&T already 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 bandwidth.

"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 or Hulu, it looks as though those days are slowly coming to an end.



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meh
By sprockkets on 3/13/2011 9:22:25 PM , Rating: 2
If it is like the old SBC dsl service (now att) you be lucky to even be able to use the service long enough to use 150GB.

One week never went by without some stupid authentication server or dslam crapping out.




RE: meh
By Gzus666 on 3/13/2011 9:42:58 PM , Rating: 2
Usually the DSLAMs didn't crap out, they just got nailed by storms or hit by vehicles, constantly. You wouldn't believe how many morons nailed those things, when I worked for them I would get like 30 alerts per 8 hours on the job.


RE: meh
By sprockkets on 3/13/2011 10:52:04 PM , Rating: 2
Heh, I remember those too :) I'm the one who had to tell them that was what the message board said.

I remember SNET working the best, requiring netscape to use the customer database, then SBC at the time screwing up the whole system.

And requiring IE for their old registration server...the horror, the horror...


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