Usage cap for AT&T DSL

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    Mar 14, 2011 11:03 PM GMT
    Yahoo News--AT&T caps monthly traffic for DSL subscribers starting in May


    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110314/ap_on_hi_te/us_tec_techbit_at_t_broadband_caps

    It seems this the beginning of what some people have feared internet usage cap... I'm not for it and don't like it honestly. Thoughts on how this can be prevented from coming to pass?
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    Mar 17, 2011 11:21 PM GMT
    Only 2% percent of the population who use DSL goes over the 150GB limit, and the general population only use about 18GB on average. Not quite a singularity to worry about for most, but at the rate of media gaining HD capability nowadays, it's going to be upsetting for maybe a few.

    Don't they (AT&T) also have fiber-optics technology? I'm not familiar with it, but the logic behind it seems like speed is not a problem when transferring hi-capacity volumes such as HD movies/media. It'll take less time to download and more means to get other stuff off the net, too. Imagine if the average person downloads one HD movie (which is about 1GB+ per) a day, then by the end of the month they would still be at 30GB and maybe give or take 20GB for any other downloads. Yet again if we double the amount of movies users would download a day and double the other items, then the average usage is about 100GB. Still not over the limit.

    Unless they've capped it below 100GB then I wouldn't worry about it. I'm sure they've surveyed what the average user downloads from the internet before setting forth a standardized cap.
  • slimnmuscly

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    Mar 17, 2011 11:26 PM GMT
    If I were Netflix, I'd seriously be sweating over this development. They're really trying to push their customers to choose streaming over DVDs, which has prompted speculation about what that would do to overall Internet traffic.