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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: WTH
By Gzus666 on 3/13/2011 11:37:42 PM , Rating: 0
You paid for "up to **mbits/s". On top of that, if you accept the terms of service stating you cannot exceed the limit they add, then you can go with another carrier or complain. It is their product, they can sell it however they wish and you are free not to buy it. I don't know how everyone extrapolates "up to **mbits/s" as "as much bandwidth as you can 24/7 always". Nothing with capacity issues works this way.

If everyone decided to run every electrical device 24/7 always, it would bring down the power system. Even if you pay for the electricity, you brought down the infrastructure so you can't use it. The power companies don't advertise the limits, but they exist. Same goes for roads, if there is traffic, I have no implicit right to be able to drive 60 everywhere at all times. They are not required to go build more highways because I wish to do so, as it just doesn't make financial sense.


RE: WTH
By RMSe17 on 3/14/11, Rating: 0
RE: WTH
By icemansims on 3/14/2011 10:31:39 AM , Rating: 2
I'm sorry, but you sound like a corporate mouthpiece. The problem with the argument of "you accept the terms of service" is that the consumer has no choice if they want service at all. This is why laws that protect the consumer have to be in place.
The language itself should be outlawed in the advertisements. "Up to XXX mbits/s" could actually deliver dialup speeds and be well within their contract, technically.
The rest of your argument makes no sense because you DO use electricity 24/7, number one, and number two, this is data transfer. It's closer to having your TV on 24/7 and watching cable the whole time.


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