Mar 13 - AT&T to limit DSL & U-Verse internet usage

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Mar 13 - AT&T to limit DSL & U-Verse internet usage
 

 



AT&T will cap DSL and U-Verse internet, impose overage fees (update)
By Sean Hollister posted Mar 13th 2011 7:05PM

Breaking News

Ladies and gentlemen, the days of unlimited broadband may be numbered in the United States, and we're not talking wireless this time -- AT&T says it will implement a 150GB monthly cap on landline DSL customers and a 250GB cap on subscribers to U-Verse high speed internet starting on May 2nd. AT&T will also charge overage fees of $10 for every additional 50GB of data, with two grace periods to start out -- in other words, the third month you go over the cap is when you'll get charged. DSLReports says it has confirmation from AT&T that these rates are legitimate, and that letters will go out to customers starting March 18th.

How does AT&T defend the move? The company explains it will only impact two percent of consumers who use "a disproportionate amount of bandwidth," and poses the caps as an alternative to throttling transfer speeds or disconnecting excessive users from the service completely. Customers will be able to check their usage with an online tool, and get notifications when they reach 65 percent, 90 percent and 100 percent of their monthly rates.

We just spoke with AT&T representative Seth Bloom and confirmed the whole thing -- rates are exactly as described above, and the company will actually begin notifying customers this week. He also told us that those customers who don't yet have access to the bandwidth usage tool won't get charged until they do, and that AT&T U-Verse TV service won't count towards the GB cap.

Update: What prompted this change to begin with? That's what we just asked AT&T. Read the company's statement after the break.

We are committed to providing a great experience for all of our Internet customers. Less than 2 percent of our Internet customers could be impacted by this approach - those who are using a disproportionate amount of bandwidth. We will communicate early and often with these customers so they are well aware of their options before they incur any additional usage charges.

The top 2 percent of residential subscribers uses about 20 percent of the bandwidth on our network. Just one of these high-traffic users can utilize the same amount of data capacity as 19 typical households. Lopsided usage patterns can cause congestion at certain points in the network, which can slow Internet speeds and interfere with other customers' access to and use of the network. Our new plan addresses another concern: customers strongly believe that only those who use the most bandwidth should pay more than those who don't use as much. That's exactly what this does – and again, 98% of our customers will not be impacted by this.

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 AT&T will cap DSL and U-Verse internet, impose overage fees (update) -- Engadget

98 comments for "Mar 13 - AT&T to limit DSL & U-Verse internet usage"

 7 years ago '04        #2
XxC4xX 3 heat pts
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comcast wins
 7 years ago '04        #3
KnightOfTears 14 heat pts14
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f**k AT&T. I use to build their f**king networks and provision/maintain private line data and voice circuits for Europe, The Middle East, and Africa. They break the d!ck off in their customers and have been for years.
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 XxC4xX said:
comcast wins
comcast been doing this. they threatened to cut my s**t when i hit 90% of 200 gb
 7 years ago '04        #5
thisisgame 
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this is wack. No one wants to count how many gigs they using everyday
 7 years ago '04        #6
BobTheBuilder 
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i think i might be in trouble then
 03-13-2011, 08:52 PM         #7
BooHaggle McGee 
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i have att ...but 150 gb is a lot of usage

i download a s**t load of stuff and stream a lot but i dont think i go anywhere near that amount in a month
 7 years ago '04        #8
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ATT is a.ss now. They used to be pretty fast,now they are slow a.ss s**t. Sometimes as slow as 56k.
 7 years ago '10        #9
justdezit 21 heat pts21
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get in while ya fit in
 7 years ago '05        #10
Friday 1 heat pts
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even tmobile does this when u on 4g (10gb+) then its like edge
 7 years ago '04        #11
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who the f**k even reaches 150 gigs in a month? dudes need to stop d/ling mad pr0n and go see what outside looks like.
 7 years ago '04        #12
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at&t is slow as s**t lol
 03-13-2011, 09:09 PM         #13
donmeca2020 
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it does suck in a way but really who the f**k does download that much s**t in a month???
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justdezit 21 heat pts21
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 DJ Maximum said:
at&t is slow as s**t lol
my s**t be mad quick
 7 years ago '06        #15
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f**king kidding me

i downgraded from comcast to att because of the 250gb they had, they were about to cut my service because my up/down totaled 700 gb a month

fuuuuck this those are the only two isp's around here
 7 years ago '10        #16
justdezit 21 heat pts21
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 matik23 said:
who the f**k even reaches 150 gigs in a month? dudes need to stop d/ling mad pr0n and go see what outside looks like.
its called a media center. get few terabytes and can easily pull 30-40 gigs a night while ya sleepin. i figure get it now before they charge by amount used.
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 ddash said:
ATT is a.ss now. They used to be pretty fast,now they are slow a.ss s**t. Sometimes as slow as 56k.
^^^^^^^^^^
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 XxC4xX said:
comcast wins

Wrong. Reason I have AT&T is for the fact comcast was about to suspend my account for a year for going over. That was in my Oday days which are now in the past. Bring on the cap f**k em.
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 matik23 said:
who the f**k even reaches 150 gigs in a month? dudes need to stop d/ling mad pr0n and go see what outside looks like.
THIS s**t MAKES NO SENSE. I CAN LEAVE MY s**t DOWNLOADING OVERNIGHT WHILE IM SLEEPING AND DURING THE DAY WHILE IM GONE ALL DAY.
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