Usage Caps Will Now Apply To 56% Of Broadband Users

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AT&T to Impose Limits and Overage Fees on DSL Customers Starting May 2

With AT&T set to implement usage caps and overage charges for all high-speed Internet customers next Monday, May 2, more than 42 million broadband subscribers in the U.S. will be subject to explicit pre-set limits on how much bandwidth they can use on a monthly basis.

All told, approximately 56% of the country's 75 million broadband subscribers will have some form of caps, according to a Multichannel News analysis based on Leichtman Research Group's subscriber estimates for the fourth quarter of 2010.

Other major U.S. broadband providers that already have usage ceilings in place include Comcast, Cox Communications and Charter Communications, although they currently warn users who exceed the limits rather than charge them for the extra usage. Internet service providers that do not have specific usage limits including Time Warner Cable, Verizon Communications and Cablevision Systems -- although every ISP reserves the right to disconnect a user who violates their terms of service...

Posted on 29 Apr 2011, 10:41 - Category: News
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