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AT&T to Impose DSL, U-Verse Usage Caps

By - Source: Broadband Reports | B 80 comments

Days of limitless usage becoming a thing of the past come May 2nd.

Looks like AT&T DSL and U-Verse customers need to be more wary of their Internet usage when AT&T’s new service terms are implemented. 

Beginning May 2nd, AT&T will implement a new 150GB monthly usage cap for their DSL customers and a 250GB monthly usage cap for their U-verse users.  Those exceeding the caps consistently will incur overage charges: $10 fee for every additional 50GB consumed beyond the associated cap.

While these new terms are said to only affect 2% of AT&T DSL customers, AT&T will be making the effort to send out notifications regularly when customers start nearing the newly established caps. Customers can also monitor their usage and usage history via various online tools provided by AT&T.

"Using a notification structure similar to our new wireless data plans, we'll proactively notify customers when they exceed 65%, 90% and 100% of the monthly usage allowance," stated AT&T to Broadband Reports.

"We are committed to providing a great experience for all of our Internet customers," AT&T continues.  "We will communicate early and often with these customers so they are well aware of their options before they incur any additional usage charges.  Importantly, we are not reducing the speeds, terminating service or limiting available data like some others in the industry."

Although AT&T maintains that these new changes are mainly to deter bandwidth-hungry users, it remains to be seen how this will impact the usage of services that normally are bandwidth-intensive, such as music/movie/tv streaming, and whether other ISPs will soon follow suit.

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    warezme , March 15, 2011 5:40 PM
    that is one of the many reasons I dumped at&t, arrogant b@strds
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    rodney_ws , March 15, 2011 5:42 PM
    DSL isn't a shared connection like cable... thus it doesn't "congest" So what's up AT&T? Just feeling a little greedy? Surely your backbone to the net isn't saturated... or anything close to it.
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    Anonymous , March 15, 2011 5:43 PM
    What a load of crap. :-\
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    fuzzyplankton , March 15, 2011 5:43 PM
    My IP Bend Broadband has had a GB cap for 3 years now with a a $2.50 for every gig over that. It Real sucks. Then every offer up to 60 Mbps with a 150GB cap for $90 a month. WTF? Use your total band with in a few minuets? I can use all 100GB in 2 days at 8Mbps.
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    LuckyDucky7 , March 15, 2011 5:45 PM
    Similar stuff's happening in Canada.

    Fortunately the decision will be reversed.
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    dread_cthulhu , March 15, 2011 5:46 PM
    NO! This should be illegal... I pay enough as is, don't cap me!
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    COLGeek , March 15, 2011 5:47 PM
    I am a Uverse user and up to now have been pretty happy. While I am unlikely to exceed this cap, I don't appreciate having to pay for "full service" and getting something less in return (by being limited and penalized for using too much....).

    I have a planned move coming up later this Summer and this will likely result in me dumping Uverse at my new address. Not cool on AT&T's part.

    I am sure this is meant, more than anything else, to limit using the 'Net for TV and movies, vice getting from AT&T.
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    xambron , March 15, 2011 5:51 PM
    There services are expensive enough. They're wireless coverage is garbage, internet is too expensive for what you do get. I'm glad our household dropped AT&T. I pray that their server farm catches on fire so that others may follow suit.
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    Anonymous , March 15, 2011 5:56 PM
    Hmm... Didn't AT&T use the same percentages of users that would be affected when they got rid of their unlimited data plans for their phones?
    2gb of wireless data is more then enough for 98% of users...
    now 150gb is more then enough for 98% of users...
    I would love to see their data, It's a little suspicious that they are the same values. I think AT&T is fudging some numbers here.
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    SirGCal , March 15, 2011 5:57 PM
    They just hate people streaming instead of paying for their overpriced TV. Only the people can fight back. Cancel your services, move to competitors... TWC tried this in our area and failed. We (so far) still have uncapped usage. I don't use bit-torrents or anything. But I do work from home and do video conferencing and stream online TV. I can burn through their cap in an afternoon. It's ridiculous. And they have no real reason to do so other than pure greed. Their other excuses are a load of crap. And 2% my hairy backside...

    I'm tempted to move back to Japan with my 150M/sec down and up, unlimited for a huge $45/month... That's internet service. States ain't got nothing close. FIOS maybe for the extreme few who can actually get it but... And I even live in a Verizon serviced area... No plans for FIOS... ever... in our area... weee...
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    jonathan1683 , March 15, 2011 5:58 PM
    I have ATT dsl and it does get congested as soon as its hours between 5pm and 9 it bogs down to 150 KB/s off times its 600. I am use to have time warner with a 20 mbit connection and it was amazing this DSL is horrible and unstable now they are capping me when I don't even get the service I pay for. I made a mistake moving to a place with no choices. It wont happen again!
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    Anonymous , March 15, 2011 5:58 PM
    Comcast and ATT are starting this to eliminate competition such as Hulu or Netflix. If you can pay a few bucks to watch all the tv episodes and movies you want online, why have cable or sat tv
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    lucky015 , March 15, 2011 6:03 PM
    Nice to see that the use of multi-purpose lines in the U.S has left cable companies with their pants down.
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    qhoa1385 , March 15, 2011 6:04 PM
    yeah then why get extremely fast speed when the final product that you get is the same with everyone else

    another greedy business move
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    bweliky , March 15, 2011 6:09 PM
    smmh... I have uverse was very satisfied with their services until this. I called just a minute ago to find out my last months monthly usage, turns out they dont have a way to determine that yet and will as of may 2nd. I was told signing up i'd be able to receive "unlimited" internet access.
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    Marco925 , March 15, 2011 6:10 PM
    LuckyDucky7Similar stuff's happening in Canada.Fortunately the decision will be reversed.

    Only for wholesalers, If you go with Teksavvy you will keep your bandwidth, if you go with big boys, then well... you will still have Usage based billing.
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    Parrdacc , March 15, 2011 6:17 PM
    "We are committed to providing a great experience for all of our Internet customers," AT&T continues. "We will communicate early and often with these customers so they are well aware of their options before they incur any additional usage charges. Importantly, we are not reducing the speeds, terminating service or limiting available data like some others in the industry."

    I am afraid I am going to have to throw the BS flag.
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    jakmove , March 15, 2011 6:17 PM
    guess it's time to go on a downloading binge....
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    hothar228 , March 15, 2011 6:21 PM
    If only 2% of the people are classified as "Internet Bandwidth Hungry" then why are 100% of the people affected? Nice Job AT&T. This is yet another example of Monopolistic business practices by a company that was divided up to keep it from being a monopoly. Don't you love the irony of it.
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    belardo , March 15, 2011 6:26 PM
    Yeah... let's see some results of our usage. These also effect hulu and Xbox users ability to stream TV & movies. Which is why bluray isn't going away soon.
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