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More broadband caps in the US, AT&T starts today

By Julio Franco ยท 43 replies
May 2, 2011
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  1. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 3,050   +1,384

    oh god.
  2. The American Dream.
  3. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 2,138   +1,556

    gotta love going backwards....
  4. Oh no... how am I going to complete my collection of every TV show, movie, and music album I'll never watch?

    I might not even be able to torrent the all the latest games or the Office 2010 and Windows 7 and the Adobe CS5 Master Collection (who would even want the "lesser" versions?).

    ...Hmm? Am I missing something? Oh. Maybe the latest Ubuntu, LibreOffice, and other open source software. I guess.

    I sometimes check them out. When I get around to them.
  5. another reason to stay away from America for me :) ...
  6. blimp01

    blimp01 TS Enthusiast Posts: 144

    2 percent - they shouldnt even bother, and eventually they'll switch to pay per GB lol
  7. Jurassic4096

    Jurassic4096 Banned Posts: 155

  8. Jurassic4096

    Jurassic4096 Banned Posts: 155

    Up to 2.3GB/hour... ouch!
  9. "another reason to stay away from America for me".

    Yep - I heard that Pakistan or Burkina Faso may be the social paradise we all waited for. Go there!
  10. Boo hoo! Poor Americans :(

    I live in a first world country and no one, repeat, no one has ever even been given the option of having those kind of download caps. Ours are mostly below that, with either a lowering of speed cap (to like 64Kb/s or similar) or some ridiculous $ per Megabyte over cap.
  11. You just gotta love those companies stealing your money don't you? This is ridiculous. I pay for my internet usage, I don't pay to be limited.
  12. Cota

    Cota TS Enthusiast Posts: 512   +8

    Considering the facts, no we are not likely going backwards! companies just realized they cant keep up the speed hysteria, they may had overloaded whit ton of users and now they cant give their services whit out overloading :(

    I live in Mexico and i have 2048Kbps wich is .2MB/s but since last year they had been slowly raising it to 10240Kbps (1MB/S) i had tested my dl cap and if i have it its superior to 460GBs (500GB's is what i can dl whit my speed in a month) and my collage friend whit 10240Kbps, well lets that he downloads a lot and neither him had saw a cap :p

    But and i say BUT, we dont have movie streaming services and that may be the difference !
  13. 'Starting today AT&T(...) DSL users will be limited to 150GB of downstream data, while U-Verse caps are a little more permitting at 250GB. AT&T plans to charge overage fees of $10 for every additional 50GB of data, though the company will issue two monthly warnings before you get billed.' That's still pretty good compared to what i have here in Canada: I pay close to $60 a month for 50GB of downstream AND upstream data COMBINED. And the overage fees are $4.50 per gigabyte for a maximum of $50 surcharge.
  14. Get use to cap it going to be reality. But almost almost these ISP forget mention the caps only apply to home users/residential not to business users with thier services.
  15. LOL they tried that in Canada just a few months back.. it' got booted out the door and sent back to the CRTC to 'try again'. I love the arguments used by the the providers.. anyone who has a apple or netflix or google TV system IS part of the 'top 2%, anyone who plays MMO or consoles online is part of that top 2%.. in reality it's going to be hard to find people who are not part of that top 2% as they are the 'norm now' the providers just want it to sound like it's pirates or evil do-ers they are going after, it's you. They make the internet sound like a finite resource. Like it will run out and therefore NEED to raise rates to find more electrons.. total BS.
  16. T77

    T77 TS Enthusiast Posts: 298   +6

    150gigs is still VERY GOOD. I download like 4gigs a month on my 60Kbps connection (it is very painful to say the least) and my ISP will come up with a message that I have used 80% of my download limit and wishes me happy browsing.And then my speed would be downgraded to like 30Kbps. :(

    And my net connection is supposed to be a broadband connection! I feel like bashing my ISP provider.
    Virtually I have never experienced a 256Kbps(the minimum legal requirement in my country to be termed as broadband) download speed(although my connection is supposed to be one)...

    The max I have experienced is somewhere near 200Kbps that too lasting for a couple of minutes.Its an event that occurs about once in five or six months.And it feels like heaven for those couple of minutes :)

    Well, I guess these are the perils of living in a third world nation(as many people out there like to term it).
  17. JudaZ

    JudaZ TS Enthusiast Posts: 284

    There are other places then US, Pakistan or Burkina Faso

    You are more then welcome to visit Sweden.

    100/100Mbit quite common, no caps what so ever,

    Download what you want, when you want.
  18. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,007   +18

    I had a great argument with the Charter person that called me regarding my caps. She actually went and said that they never offered "unlimited" internet in the first place. When I asked her if she wants me to mail her a copy of the flyer they sent to my house advertising it, she quickly backtracked and said that the TOS changed in the last bill I got. When I actually looked at the bill, there was nothing there. When I asked her why are they still charging me the same rate as for the unlimited internet as before, she said that is a sales matter, and not her department.

    When they called me about a year before, they were asking me what kind of security I had on my computer, as they were afraid that I was part of some botnet. I told them that I am very aware of what is downloaded on my computer, and asked them again if this was an unlimited account. At that time they said yes.

    They're already charging me 10 bucks a month because i don't have actual cable TV.

    But then I saw this metered trend coming a few years ago, so I did what I had to do back then. =)
  19. ramonsterns

    ramonsterns TS Enthusiast Posts: 744   +13

    So I should be fed **** because someone somewhere else is fine eating it?
  20. howzz1854

    howzz1854 TS Evangelist Posts: 611   +94

    Dude I clock 110GB down stream easily in three weeks of netflix instant steaming. This blows.
  21. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,007   +18

    From what I hear plenty of people have been doing just that. How's that working out for y'all?
  22. Zilpha

    Zilpha TS Enthusiast Posts: 316

    I pay for it too, and I don't pay to be limited by johnny next door downloading every movie he can get his hands on, bogging down the system. If you read the article, the big issue they are running into is QoS for people across the board. When 2% of the population is taking up 20% of the resources, there is a problem.
  23. ramonsterns

    ramonsterns TS Enthusiast Posts: 744   +13

    Excellent way to deal with 2% of the internet users by limiting the other 98%.
  24. wow, you're screwed if you're an online gamer

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