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.