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It's well known that some ISPs will cancel a customer's account or otherwise restrict them if that person excessively uses up bandwidth. A rather draconian measure, but I'd rather have someone tell me I'm downloading too much or simply cut me off than spring charges on me for using too much. That's what it looks like AT&T is considering, with some users being charged for going over a monthly allotment.

What the allotment is, what they would charge or even if they are doing more than just considering the idea isn't known. It wouldn't be surprising, as another ISP recently began experimenting with this as well. Earlier this year, Time Warner launched a pilot program in which they charge heavy users for their transgressions, with prices as high as $1 per gigabyte. The nature of the Internet is changing. Streaming music, streaming video and a lot of other newer content is available, increasingly moreso year after year. These ISPs seem willing to offload the cost onto the customer, rather than analyzing how their networks could be improved.

A spokesperson for AT&T brought out that a minority of their customers, 5%, consume about 46% of the amount of bandwidth used.
http://www.techspot.com/news/30454-a...gry-users.html
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Interesting...


Watch out Lins, you're got competition!
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You are got competition?
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You are got competition?
Shaddap and read the article!
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Is Verizon the only who isn't thinking about charging users on a bandwidth usage. By the only ones I mean the big companies like cable vision and what not that are on a national scale, don't smaller companies that are only in one state.
    
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I still dont' get this. If i pay for a service, shouldn't i get to use it?

I mean, it's like charging me for using 1000 minutes a month on a plan and then when i ACTUALLY use all 1000 minutes, they want to charge me more just because most people don't use their minutes.

Unless someone is using their full bandwidth every single minute of every single day, months in a row, there shouldn't be any extra charge.
    
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I still dont' get this. If i pay for a service, shouldn't i get to use it?

I mean, it's like charging me for using 1000 minutes a month on a plan and then when i ACTUALLY use all 1000 minutes, they want to charge me more just because most people don't use their minutes.

Unless someone is using their full bandwidth every single minute of every single day, months in a row, there shouldn't be any extra charge.
The problem is, these companies don't want to spend anything on their networks, so they feel they can eliminate the problem by screwing their customers over.
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I personally think its absurd. but then their infrastructure is probably too weak to handle high traffic. at least they want us to think that. its how it comes off to me.

I fell that the internet should be an unlimited plan at a reasonable set price and then cheaper plans that can incur fees for overages. just my opinion. ATT is generally not reasonable in price to me. but you may say well they are on par with everyone else, and yes sure they are but that doesn't mean everyone else is unreasonable too.
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The problem is, these companies don't want to spend anything on their networks, so they feel they can eliminate the problem by screwing their customers over.
Didn't they get free money to upgrade their network?

So if a company keeps ADDING customers without adding to their network, can i pay less?
    
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Didn't they get free money to upgrade their network?
About that I have no idea!

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So if a company keeps ADDING customers without adding to their network, can i pay less?
No, that's the reason their charging more! Because more people are using their services, they have less bandwidth, so they want to charge your more for using the same amount, but because everyone else is doing the same, and their system can't handle it!
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