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    Default AT&T looking at charging heavy Internet users extra

    Jun 12, 5:06 PM (ET)

    By PETER SVENSSON

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    NEW YORK (AP) - AT&amp;T Inc. (ATT), the country's largest Internet provider, is considering charging extra for customers who download large amounts of data.

    "A form of usage-based pricing for those customers who have abnormally high usage patterns is inevitable," spokesman Michael Coe said this week.

    The top 5 percent of AT&amp;T's DSL customers use 46 percent of the total bandwidth, Coe said. Overall bandwidth use on the network is surging, doubling every year and a half.

    AT&amp;T doesn't have any specific plans or fees to announce yet, Coe said.

    Most cable companies have official or secret caps on the amount of data they allow subscribers to download every month. Time Warner Cable started a trial earlier this month in Beaumont, Texas, under which it will charge subscribers who go over their monthly bandwidth cap $1 per gigabyte.

    Cable companies are at the forefront of usage-based pricing because neighbors share capacity on the local cable lines, and bandwidth hogs can slow down traffic for others. Phone companies have been less concerned about congestion because the phone lines they use to provide Internet service using DSL, or Digital Subscriber Line technology, aren't shared between neighbors, but AT&amp;T is evidently concerned about congestion higher up in the network.



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    Default Re: AT&T looking at charging heavy Internet users extra

    Hi,
    I'm not really up to date on all of this......
    But............
    Unlimited should be as it's stated..... That's what we are paying for... It was OK then...More customers.... More money...
    But where does the &quot;more money go?&quot; Pockets??or System upgrades????....
    MMmmmmm
    Not sure, But it seems like it's the right time for people to start voicing concerns....Or... Hey, lets all start
    paying more money.... I'm sure someone can use it.....


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    Default Charter Communications won t track customers Web usage.

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