Are You In Favor of Broadband Data Caps?

Paul Lilly

We noted earlier this week that AT&T became the latest ISP to roll out data caps for high-speed Internet service. Like it or not, this is the trend that's taking place in the broadband spectrum, even as bandwidth heavy services like high-definition streaming, BitTorrent downloads, and cloud-based synching become the norm. If you're to believe the ISPs, you have no one to blame but yourself for these caps, and you even asked for them. Is it true?

AT&T says so. Mark Siegel, a spokesman for AT&T, claims it's only putting data caps in place because, well, that's what its customers want, CNet reports .

"Our approach is based on customers' feedback," Seigel said. "They told us that the people who use the most should pay more, and they also told us we should make it easy for them to track their usage. We think our approach addresses these concerns."

To recap, AT&T's approach is this. If you're a DSL subscriber, you have 150GB of bandwidth to play with each month, and if you go over, you're charged $10 for each additional 50GB. U-verse subscribers have a little more leeway in that they get 250GB before overage charges take effect.

Our question is, is this what you want? Are ISPs simply responding to your demands by ensuring that data hogs don't clog up the pipelines, or are they serving up a heaping pile of dung and telling you it's what you ordered?

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