Re: AT&T To Impose Caps, Overages
04-04-2011 09:53:51 PM
I simply don't trust the same company that can't get sports blackouts correct to measure my use correctly absent a very detailed bill that I can review to check their math.
We haven't seen their usage site yet. It may provide daily bandwidth usage so the user can check to see what he downloaded that day. It may well be current to the day prior to the day of inspection. It may even provide details like downloads of Netflix movies, etc.
As I stated in an earlier post, ATT's only big error in this change was not to have that customer usage site ready BEFORE the announcement of the caps. That would have saved everyone a lot of speculation.
Charter has ALREADY implemented usage caps and will SUSPEND those who exceed them. ATT's policy is much more lenient allowing us 2 months grace and then just charging us $ 10 for each 50 Gb we exceed the caps.
The Charter policy can be viewed here:
On that site they say 1 hour of streaming a Netflix movie would eat up 1 Gb of bandwidth. That means we could watch 250 hours a month on Netflix. I doubt if any of us could even be capable of that stress.
The Charter limit for my speed of service would be 250 Gb matching ATT. In my area I only have two choices: ATT or Charter. ATT is far better in services and far more lenient with the cap policy.
All the complainers here should check their own options and may just be pleasantly suprised at how generous ATT is compared to the competition.
250 hours of streamed TV? What was the 1gb based on? A SD stream most likely? Because DVD quality would be 2gb per hour. Now lets just say it is 1 GB per hour. I have 5 kids and two adults in this house with me. a 10 year old, 2 12 year old girls, a 17 year old girl and a 20 year old boy, plus my gf. We have two streaming boxes and every kid has a laptop. that means up to 6 concurrent netflix streams? Still think no one is capable of eating that type of bandwidith? I have 6 computers I use and update on a regular basis myself. Then five laptops for the kids, and the gf has two. We haven't even touched on my pandora usage? or the fact that my blue ray player accesses the net. Or the kids wii usage online, or the 20 year olds online gaming habit with starcraft 2 and black ops. Or emails being sent back and forth. Or the 5tb cloud network hard drive I just put online for my convenience? How about now? Still seem so out of reach? Oh yeah our two lines here are VOIP. One vonage and one phone power. How about internet tablets? wifi enabled phones? My point is this. I live on the cutting edge of the digital lifestyle, and maybe you don't today. But what about a few years from now, when you suddenly need/want all of these services?