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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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deceitful price plan structure.
By Hafgrim on 3/14/2011 4:02:17 AM , Rating: 1
Dont you people see the most important hidden detail here....

ATT is trying to Herd people into U-verse and are being sneaky about it. U-verse has Direct tv satellite in it. This is where the major problem is. Im not sure what kind of deals ATT has with Direct TV satellite but this is something dangerous for DirecTv I think & is what I see hidden inside this sneaky & deceitful price plan structure.

This maybe bad for DirecTv the company in the long run if they are not made aware of this ATT sneakiness.

DSL or u-verse should have the same data cap!

DSL & u-verse should have the same data cap!

DSL and u-verse should have the same data cap!

RE: deceitful price plan structure.
By kitonne on 3/16/2011 6:06:55 PM , Rating: 2
UVerse, at least in IL, has TV over IP, not satellite serve bundled with it. It also has much higher internet speeds then regular DSL.

I do agree that the limits should be the same for all ATT customers, and they should include all IP traffic, including the traffic for ATT's own TV over IP service :)

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