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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.