AT&T, the largest broadband service provider in the US, has begun implementing broadband caps on the users of its DSL and U-Verse services.
According to a article on Broadband Reports, the company has imposed a 150 GB monthly cap on DSL users while U-Verse customers have been restricted to a 250 GB monthly cap.
If a user exceeds the download limit three times across the life of the account, the user will be charged $10 per every 50 GB above the cap limit.
As a justification to the broadband caps, AT&T said in a statement “A single high traffic user can utilize the same amount of data capacity as 19 typical households.”
“Lopsided usage patterns can cause congestion at certain points in the network, which can slow Internet speeds and interfere with other customers' access to and use of the network,” the company added.
However, some experts believe that AT&T’s decision to impose broadband caps has nothing to do with online traffic management. The company foresees that the rise of video streaming services might cause people to exceed their data limits, turning the new fees into a lucrative revenue stream for the company.
AT&T DSL business users will still have unlimited internet access.