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DSL customers who exceed a monthly limit of 150 gigabytes of data in three separate months will be charged $10 for each additional 50 gigabytes they use, while U-verse subscribers will have a monthly limit of 250 gigabytes.
To exceed the 150-gigabyte cap, you would have to stream 10 high-definition movies a month, watch 100 hourlong online television shows, stream 5,000 one-minute YouTube videos and upload several thousand photos to social media sites, according to AT&T.
Originally posted by CitizenOne
Does anybody know what efforts are currently under-way to circumvent these monopolists and provide free or affordable internet access to everyone?
Fair Usage policy of ADSL services If you use the T-Com Flat ADSL packages (limitless access to the extra fast internet) then our Fair Usage policy concerns you too.
1. Why this policy is necessary? Fair Usage policy has been created to ensure speed and reliability of ADSL usage in every moment. Some of T-Come users very often intensively use file sharing software (programs for document sharing) and download large files such as music and movies. Using the Internet in this way overloads capacities of T-Com network and threatens the service quality for the other users. Uncontrolled usage of internet in intervals of huge traffic can affect the speed of data transfer and can significantly decreased the speed... 2. Which downloaded quantity can be considered as excessively large? It depends from the circumstances; if you make long and continuous downloads or if you generate a 150 GB monthly volume or higher, we consider it to be excessive. 3. What happens if the monthly bandwidth generated by the user is excessive? If the excessive monthly download is performed occasionally, there is little possibility that is creates capacity issues for T-Com, except if happens too often. If this occurs repeatedly, we will contact you in order to find a way to decrease the bandwidth. If you continue the same practice even after that, we will contact you once again. If there are no changes despite our attempts to help you, we reserve the right to decrease or limit the bandwidth speed, to revoke the service or even to cut off your account. Notice that it is in mutual interest that there are no such limitations and T-Com will do everything to prevent those measures.
Originally posted by hillynilly
Thats garbage I would be saying GOOD BYE AT AND T your days are numbered..
I had direcway when I lived in the boonies (which is satellite broadband)
Had terrible latency because of the time it took to loop back (bad for ANY game)
They had the *FAP* fair access policy if you went over 500mb an hour they throttled
your bandwidth to dial up speeds (for 12 hours) it SUCKED!!!!!! It was better then dial up though....
Anyways I think ATT is being selfish and will be a killer to their business
That means one person watching a two hour movie would transfer roughly 1.8GB of data. For high definition movies, the average encoding bitrate is around 3200Kbps and one user would transfer about 3GB of data.