AT&T: Capping My Style

Engadget:

AT&T says it will implement a 150GB monthly cap on landline DSL customers and a 250GB cap on subscribers to U-Verse high speed internet starting on May 2nd. AT&T will also charge overage fees of $10 for every additional 50GB of data, with two grace periods to start out — in other words, the third month you go over the cap is when you’ll get charged. DSLReports says it has confirmation from AT&T that these rates are legitimate, and that letters will go out to customers starting March 18th.

AT&T says that this will only affect about “2%” of their customers, but does anyone want to wager that I’m in the 2%?

I recently canceled my U-Verse television service and elected to receive my content over a combination of OTA HD and streaming services like iTunes/AppleTV and a subscription to MLB.tv. I was planning on having two or three baseball games on in the background per day. I suppose the fact that I’m not paying their ridiculous TV subscription rates but still finding ways to consume content makes me a “bad customer.”

I would jump ship to Charter, but I’ve had experience with their customer service before, and I don’t really want to go through that again. I’m also pretty sure that it’s only a matter of time before every ISP in the US is capping bandwidth like this.

 

According to TechCrunch, YouTube uploads…

According to TechCrunch, YouTube uploads from mobile devices are up 400% since the launch of the iPhone 3GS:

Even without the iPhone, YouTube is seeing major growth across the entire mobile space — the site has seen uploads go up 1700% over the last six months. It’s not hard to guess why. Video-enabled smartphones are becoming increasingly popular, as are high speed data connections. YouTube also attributes part of the growth to a streamlined upload flow (note how easy it is to upload a video from your iPhone to the site), as well as its improved sharing capabilities (you can now syndicate your videos to services like Facebook and Twitter).

I wonder how AT&T’s network engineers are handling this kind of influx of data transport.