AT&T to slow down U-verse subscribers

By Justin Mann on September 12, 2008, 11:17 AM
AT&T has recently decided they too will be enforcing “network management” protocols in the near future, looking to prevent network congestion from people saturating their connections. While they haven't gone so far as to say they will implement bandwidth caps, they have mentioned that they will be throttling download speeds during periods of heavy use, and in particular will be throttling those who subscribe to the faster speed services they offer.

They claim that they are concerned primarily with being able to deliver high-quality video through U-verse, and that these steps are necessary to “enhance the reliability” of their network. They mention they will not specifically target heavy downloaders, which means they may restrict connections from people who hardly use it just because they happen to subscribe to a faster speed service. That hardly seems fair.

On the other hand, if you are a U-verse subscriber, streaming video is a huge selling point of that – and choppy video due to network congestion would make it tough to compete with cable.

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windmill007 said:
and so it begins.....If you have to slow everyone on your high speed plans or limit the the bandwidth I think this shows your network isn't up to par. I think as these companies ad more and more users and are just eating the profits and not reinvesting back into the infrastructure we will see more lame attempts to manage there weakening networks. Who will suffer? Existing users. It will cost you more for less as time goes on. Doesn't that seem backwards in today's society?[Edited by windmill007 on 2008-09-12 12:03:33]
nazartp said:
Interesting how things changed in a couple of years. After 2002 telcos fiasco there was ungodly amount of "dark cable." Overcapacity was so bad, that the bandwidth was sold between companies at cost. It seems that they are reaching their capacity now. Will take some time for investments in capacity to pick up again.
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