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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 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?

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