Usage Cap And Overage Fees Coming for AT&T DSL and U-Verse Internet

Changes to AT&T terms of service coming this week

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News is beginning to circulate that AT&T will implement a 150GB monthly cap on landline DSL, as well as a 250GB cap on subscribers to U-Verse beginning on May 2.

Will this affect you and your Internet usage? Let us know your thoughts.

DSLReports has learned that AT&T users will start receiving notices, about the change to the terms of service, sometime between March 18 and March 31. AT&T customers who exceed their usage cap will be charged a fee of $10 for every 50GB. (It should be noted is that the AT&T U-Verse TV Service WON’T count towards the GB cap).

Engadget has an interesting statement from AT&T…

“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.”

What are your thoughts on AT&T’s cap? Tell us what you think.

Usage Cap And Overage Fees Coming for AT&T DSL and U-Verse Internet
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  • Anonymous

    I call bull sh**. They’d be better off wording it “We fail in competing with increasingly popular services such as Netflix and Hulu and need another way of extorting extra income from consumers with the exact same level of service while giving us the ability to steer their usage as necessary.”

  • Ellen

    The congestion issue is complete bullshit. They’re not capping Uverse, which goes over the exact same lines and, being streaming TV, uses tons of bandwidth. Anonymous is right, this is about making people use Uverse instead of Hulu.

    • Steve

      I don’t see the big deal, they did the same thing with internet on your cell phone and look- they were right!! Most people never use 2GB in a month!! You all freak out over a cap that wont even affect you!! When cell phone internet got slow they did this, why wouldnt they with regular internet? It might be a dumb idea, but it wont affect most of us so why worry about it? If EVERYONE was going to go over I agree, ditch it, but it’s not like that.

      • Steve

        and as for u-verse going over the exact same lines- that just shows how little you know. The lines are NOT the same. DSL goes over copper lines and U-verse goes over fiber optics. Read about it before you post about it…. you wont look so dumb.

        • Brad

          it is fiber to the vrad, right next to the crossbox, and then transferred over to the existing copper wires, via crossbox, already going to the side of your house (in fact the exact same copper wires that dsl uses)… unless you live in a newer neighborhood that actually has fiber to the side of the house, which is less common. please dont be so quick to call people dumb.

  • glenable

    The ATT Ten Commandments of Usage Caps

    Thou shall not have any other content provider before me.

    Thou shall not have any right to Internet access that is not apportioned to you by me.

    Thou shall not covet thy neighbors Internet nor covet Internet access in more advanced societies.

    Thou shall show steadfast love for me and render onto me all that thine possess in reverence thereof.

    Thou shall not turn to false prophets that preach a free Internet.

    Thou shall kneel to my power over your representatives.

    Thou shall not make false witness against me.

    Thou shall not testify or demonstrate or take action against my corporate body.

    Thou shall take my cap onto your heart so that I may benefit.

    For I am your holy provider, who brought you up out of the land of ignorance and into my house.

  • just plain dumb

    What I really dislike about these caps is that AT&T wants its customers tethered to 200 channels stuffed full of aggravating, demoralizing, and completely unwanted commercials.

    Trying listening to a FM radio channel and you will spend most of your time listening to advertising. Unfortunately, most of AT&T’s 200 hundred channels have the same problem – an obnoxiously high advertising content such that nothing is really worth watching anymore unless it’s seen from a recorded show that can be fast forwarded during the commercial breaks.

    This is what AT&T is protecting and this is the true end result that we will suffer through for another decade. Television content made worthless by endless commercials. Do you like CNN? Actually its called CNNN now – Commercials Not News Network because if you change the channel to CNN, the odds are greater than 50/50 that you will hit a commercial break.

    We are at the threshold of exchanging this tired (and tiresome), ultimately untenable video delivery system with a new model whereby we pay directly for what we want to watch without advertising. We do not need 200 channels. We do not need 500 channels full of content mangled by repetitious, idiotic, insulting advertising. What we do need is five to ten shows we like, some news programs, and the occasional movie without commercials.

    I would pay for that. There are companies poised to provide content directly to viewers commercial free. We have (or had) an Internet that makes that possible. But there are obstacles. First are large ISP’s that act like robber barons. Second are the government agencies (FCC, Justice Department, Congress, President) that act like sheriffs on the take. Frankly, I can’t tell if those agencies are clueless, gutless, or just plain owned by the corporations..

    We need to quit pretending we are powerless in this situation and realize that with principled and throughout regulation, we can indeed shape the society we want to live in. But first, let’s string up the thieves and replace the corrupt sheriffs and corrupt politicians. The sooner the better.

    We live in the 21st century, in the digital age. I will not be dragged back into the last century so some exec can have a bigger bonus and a second vacation home. End the corruption, regulate a vital national resource (a Free Internet is a Free USA), and force ATT and the cable companies to rescind the godforsaken cap.

  • ef Basham

    When I was sold uverse in Dec 2010, I was told to get the maximum speed since I was so close (300 ft) to the vrad, and bandwidth was unlimited.

    Now, 5 months into paying the fees, they make all sorts of claims, most are false, and decide to impose a cap. I bought the high speed to do offiste backup at another uverse installation at night.

    By my calculations, I can hit 208GB in 24 hours, or exceed the cap in 36 hours at the data rate.

    When will an overbuilder come in with fios to save us from the service plan changes to both att uverse and cable companies? Ironically the vrad servicing my neighborhood only has 2 outgoing connections, mine and one other, yet it has 96 fiber inbound connections. I can not see where at&t is suffering other than their own stupidity and delays implementing uverse scheduled to be obsolete in 2012 when fios arrives everywhere. I’ll believe that when i see it.

  • Carla C

    I am outraged that our plan was changed after us being a long term customer of over 7 years. We have been unlimited all that time and don’t see how they can change our plan. We should be grandfathered in.

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