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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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By chick0n on 3/14/2011 12:40:03 AM , Rating: 0
I used to work in so I know how network works.

and I think you are full of shit.

I understand that all ISP have to oversell their network to make more profit, as most of the people just checking emails and looking at web sites. those people don't use a lot of oomph.

but I've seen some ISP over sold lines to a ratio of 1:2000, people complain but they don't give a shit, the map shows utilization is like 90% even at off peak hours ~ think of what will happen during "BUSY" hours. drop packets all the time.

there are a lot of unuse ports in the cabinet, and honestly its not that expensive, but again they don't give a shit. Lag what? Just wait, you will get your data. jesus.

AT&T(Cingular) is just a f-king greedy company, simple as that, they are monopoly in a lot of metro areas. I just feel great that I don't have to use them.

By EricMartello on 3/14/2011 5:27:16 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah that's exactly right.

I'm using FiOS and up to now do not have to worry about bullshit like this. I'm paying a bit of a premium for my 35/35 Mbps service but I get the speeds in both directions and can sustain them. I do not utilize my network 24/7 but I do transfer a lot more than 50 GB in both directions each month.

If you factor in streaming HD video that 50 GB cap they're imposing will go away fast. Quite frankly I don't know why anyone would continue using AT&T simply on principle alone.

By heffeque on 3/14/2011 6:18:27 AM , Rating: 2
Because in the US there are a lot of places where there's no real alternative.

Although there are a lot of ISP in the US, they are mostly a monopoly in their own territory (an oligarchy at the most) so it's "either my way or no way".

For example, my grandma has two options where she lives: Comcast... or a 54 Kbps modem with Verizon. The second option is NOT an option.

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