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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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RE: Another reason?
By Gzus666 on 3/13/2011 9:39:18 PM , Rating: -1
Let me guess, don't know crap about networks?

RE: Another reason?
By Amedean on 3/13/2011 9:55:32 PM , Rating: 2
Since you are so tech wise to criticize and did not explain, maybe I can explain this and you will understand.

There would be no problem IF they did not advertise more then they can sustain. It is like the mortgage crisis except I will call it the data crisis. They advertise a speed anticipating you will not use up the bandwidth in order to make a derivative of the "not used" bandwidth to package and sell in the form of a false download speed. They are betting against their own bandwidth and then the bubble begins to burst and BOOM, their servers get overloaded and you get the bandwidth crash because their bandwidth speed is too inflated.

RE: Another reason?
By Gzus666 on 3/13/2011 10:22:08 PM , Rating: 1
If they didn't sell more than they could sustain full tilt, you would be living with 56k. No reasonable speed link can run 24/7 from every person with a connection, no network is capable of this. As stated elsewhere, this is like making roads for full load traffic 24/7, it isn't possible let alone reasonable.

It would be nice if they could just add more infrastructure at the drop of a hat, but dropping fiber and new switches is more than just money, it is a headache. I get the feeling you don't know how much infrastructure actually costs and the logistics behind it. On top of that, long haul links only get so fast, I'm not sure if you understand how easy it is to overrun a long haul link. POPs cost millions to setup and monthly costs to maintain for the insane power and cooling setups. Having spent plenty of time in plenty of carrier POPs (Verizon, AT&T, Level 3), I can tell you they are insanely built as it is. To get what you asking for can't be done without having a POP every 10 feet.

I design and deploy networks for a living, I know how expensive it is and the nightmares you have to deal with. I wish I had limitless budgets, but even then, I wouldn't be able to actually deploy a network that could run full blast 24/7, it just can't be done within the reality of cabling and infrastructure and the current speed requirements.

RE: Another reason?
By Amedean on 3/13/2011 11:05:01 PM , Rating: 2
Oh yeah, go to Japan.....woops, nevermind. Forgot about the disaster but before the disaster broadband was epic compared to the U.S. Forgive the lack of actual speed averages but you know its insanely fast compared to here. No lectures about population distribution please, I all ready know.

RE: Another reason?
By Gzus666 on 3/13/2011 11:16:24 PM , Rating: 2
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.

RE: Another reason?
By Amedean on 3/13/2011 11:36:02 PM , Rating: 2
What does that have to do with my original statement. AT&T's business model is unsustainable so now they target heavy users. What every you say to defend them, for what ever reason, they have oversold bandwidth to compete with other carriers. The Japanese may subsidize broadband - so what, their internet is awesome!

RE: Another reason?
By T2k on 3/14/11, Rating: -1
RE: Another reason?
By FITCamaro on 3/14/2011 8:38:20 AM , Rating: 1
Yeah nevermind Europe suffers from the same debt problems as Japan (not quite as bad yet but they're teetering on collapse too. Greece was only round one). They also are far smaller than the US as well, same as Japan.

A large portion of our population may live in cities but that doesn't take into account the fact that our cities are hundreds if not thousands of miles away from one another. This isn't the case in Europe or Japan.

So what do you do oh genius one?

RE: Another reason?
By spread on 3/13/2011 10:04:07 PM , Rating: 2
This is Dailytech. Most of us know about networks.

RE: Another reason?
By Gzus666 on 3/13/2011 10:24:42 PM , Rating: 2
Not really, if any of you had deployed a real network of any size, you would instantly realize the issues with network capacity planning and logistics. Building a LAN with Linksys and understanding TCP doesn't mean you know about networks, it just means you have help desk level understanding.

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