AT&T Broadband Cap Starts Monday
Starting May 2 the subscribers of AT&T’s broadband Internet will now have a monthly cap. Subscribers to the company’s DSL service will have a 150 GB monthly cap while Uverse users will have a 250 GB monthly cap. Those who exceed this quota will be charged an additional $10 while a recurring charge of $10 will be incurred for every 50 GB made over the cap.
AT&T decided to place a cap on their broadband Internet service as they saw a dramatic increase in bandwidth consumption on their network. The main problem the company saw is that 2% of their customers use up to 20% of their bandwidth which causes traffic congestion. A single high bandwidth user is comparable to the average usage of 19 households.
To make sure that subscribers can properly monitor their usage the company provides a web tool to track usage. Notices will also be sent to subscribers who exceed the monthly cap. A three strike policy will be in place where a notice will be sent when you reach 65%, 90% and 100% of our monthly cap.
Subscribers to AT&T broadband Internet are now concerned with this recent change. One consumer said that standard video streaming can eat up at most 1 GB an hour with HD content eating up 2.3 GB an hour.