Posted By Austin Yorski about 2 years, 11 months ago
Update: It appears that the information quoted from DSL Reports in the original story has now changed. They are now reporting that “the company will be implementing a new 150GB monthly usage cap for all DSL customers and a new 250 GB cap on all U-Verse users starting on May 2.” So yeah, there’s still a cap, but it’s not as bad as was originally feared. The same fees for overstepping your limits still seem to apply though, so you may continue to be upset if you wish.
Big thanks to Silver in the comments for clearing up that the original report was only rumor.
Original Story: It’s probably still too early to get all worked up, but if you’re an AT&T customer you might want to keep an eye on this development. Starting on May 2nd, the telecommunication giant will begin capping consumer’s DSL usage depending on their plan. According to DSL Reports, the caps break down like this:
AT&T Basic (DSL only) Up-to 768 Kbps 20 GB per month
AT&T Express Up-to 1.5 Mbps 40 GB per month
AT&T Pro Up-to 3.0 Mbps 60 GB per month
AT&T Elite Up-to 6.0 Mbps 80 GB per month
AT&T Max (U-verse only) Up-to 10.0 Mbps 150 GB per month
How will this affect most people? Not much. But gamers? Well, services like OnLive, Steam, and D2D are bandwidth devouring beasts, and will likely hog a good portion of any AT&T customer’s monthly allowance. Also, any games that are played online, such as the inconceivably popular Call of Duty series, might force some people to cut back. Of course, AT&T isn’t the only company with data caps, but this new announcement has been perceived as unfairly low by many.
Amazing comedy site Cracked even did an article on this news today, detailing the “horrifying implications” of the caps. One of the implications was, of course, their affect on gaming. Although there isn’t any chance of us having to regress to text-only games like the article jokingly suggest, it will still cost many gamers, as AT&T explains, “Users who exceed the new usage cap three times… will be forced to pay… $10 for every 50GB over [the cap] they travel.”
It’s not the end of the world, and even those unfortunate enough to be stuck in a low-capped plan with the telecom behemoth will be able to avoid fees if they are well informed about their data usage and game in moderation. If you’re really looking for something to worry about, you could always look at this as the first step for ISPs trying to see how much they can squeeze out of those users who depend on the internet in this day and age, but that’s wildly unsubstantiated conjecture for another day.