Exclusive: AT&T To Impose Caps, Overages [Broadband Reports]
As if being slower than cable broadband wasn't enough, Ma Bell has decided to cap residential DSL and U-Verse Internet starting on May 2. DSL customers will be capped at 150 GB of usage and U-verse customers will be capped at 250 GB for each month.
In a somewhat similar way to how AT&T prices mobile data plans, customers who go over will incur overage charges. Those overages kick in when a customer exceeds the cap three times at any point during the life of their account. The overage charge will be $10 for every additional 50 GB the customer uses.
According to AT&T, only around 2 percent of customers would reach the usage cap. As high-bandwidth consuming services, like streaming video, continue to gain popularity, more providers are considering usage-based pricing similar to AT&T's plans.
The company intends to notify customers of the new caps and provide additional notification when they use 65 percent, 90 percent and 100 percent of their maximum.