AT&T Makes Changes to Their Data Caps

children-403582_640 (1)In what is probably a surprise to no one, AT&T is changing their data cap policy in response to recent changes at Comcast.

If you have DSL, sorry, you are still stuck at 150GB a month—a painfully low cap; however, if you have AT&T Uverse Internet you now have a new rate.

If you have less than 6 Mbps your monthly data cap is now 300GB, up from 250GB. If you have 12 Mbps to 75 Mbps down, you now have a data cap of 600GB, up from 250GB. If you have a download speed of 100 Mbps or higher, you now have a 1TB.

This is all in response to Comcast rolling out a 1TB data cap for all of their customers. This may still be an issue for some users, but for now it should work for most cord cutters.

The real issue may come down the road with the growth of 4K video and VR technologies. Although this may seem like a compromise to many, and will work for now, it will likely still be an issue in the long run.

Many studies have suggested that over 60% of Americans have a data cap on their home Internet service, a number that is likely to go up with Comcast’s new policy. Yet there is growing competition from new players, especially in the fiber space, that are offering a third option to many Americans that are data cap free. Although their footprint is small now, they are growing quickly as Google and others bring true competition to the home Internet market.

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5 Responses to AT&T Makes Changes to Their Data Caps

  1. Matt May 25, 2016 at 9:12 am #

    How generous of AT&T (sarcasm). There is no such thing as data caps, only greedy corporations that restrict people from using the free web so they can line their pockets with your hard-earned dollars.

  2. Adam May 25, 2016 at 9:15 am #

    I switched to DLSExtreme. I had the 18mbps Uverse Internet at $62 a month but when I received the postcard two weeks ago about the cap I cancelled that night. First off, the postcard they sent doesn’t state what the new cap is for internet. You can find it by going to the web address on the postcard but even when you get to the page they hide the cap numbers in a link to the right. If you call ATT they won’t tell you what your average use was a month so you know if you are under or above the cap on average. What wasn’t mentioned in the article is the terms of the cap. If you go over it is $10 per 50gb. Up to $100 max a month in fees (not sure what that is on paper if it cost of the plan and fees totaling $100 or $100 in fees). Or, $30 extra a month for unlimited data. However, if you bundle anything from phone to tv with your internet plan they give you unlimited data a month for free. It is a big slap in the face for cord cutters. I do know that 600 gb is A LOT. But I also know I have a teen in the house that is on youtube, rhapsody, instagram, minecraft, xbox live, and netflix from about the time she gets home till bed time. I know I’m a gamer plus all the streaming via hulu, netflix, amazon, fandango now, hbo now, and slingtv. I’ve had my router warn me if I hit the 250gb limit so I had an idea if/how fast I hit that mark. I typically hit it 6-13 days in and the sad thing is I have two routers. In general I bet I hover between 400 to 580 a month on average. I know in a year I might go over 2 times a month during extra busy months or summer binge watching but I don’t want to worry about it. DSLExtreme uses the same ATT Uverse box, Uverse Installers, Uverse Infastructure, and was $10 cheaper than Uverse on my 1 year contract. It may be $66 a month after the contract but it is $52 (inc rental, taxes, fees) a month now. I’m paying for 18/1.5 and I’m getting 22.8/2 with a very strong connection that can handle a netflix, hulu, and slingtv streaming without a hitch. I know the data cap won’t impact most people’s use now but we all know they will play more games as time goes on. Once sports are easy to get without cable and Hulu/Youtube release their service that completes with SlingTV and Vue we will probably see another big spike in cord cutting. Uverse will probably look into pricing again as more people leave or worse they will look into prioritizing traffic again. They probably won’t mess with Hulu or Netflix but I wouldn’t be surprised if they try to slow down traffic to SlingTV, Playstation Vue, or Youtube’s version of Sling (if they can keep regular youtube working ok) so it only impacts cord cutters and not their main bundle customers. Plus, with DSLExtreme they don’t have a data cap and it is worth an extra $3 a month off contract to not have to worry about the games or adjusting your use in fear of hitting a cap. So annoying when you cut the cord to not only save money but to actually pay for only the content you watch and they are finding ways to inch your payments up to almost the cost a base tv and internet bundle.

  3. Kevin Felker May 25, 2016 at 11:07 am #

    Well ATT never reinforced the old cap anyways, so this is going to be a change in the fact that I now do have to think about it…even if it is going up.

  4. Peter Quiznard May 25, 2016 at 8:49 pm #

    I left AT&T over their rediculous data cap for DSL. This coupled with a very high price (and refusal to negotiate) seemed like they were begging me to leave.

  5. Bruce James May 26, 2016 at 9:21 am #

    this is ridiculous If I had a 150 gig cap Id be going somewhere else I have shentel and a 300 gb cap. which I have stayed under for the last 6 months…