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AT&T Ups Throttling Threshold to 3GB

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Top message:  interesting... by Tomdg07   Mar 1, 2012, 1:10 PM

Replying to:  Re: interesting... by edzero   Mar 1, 2012, 2:57 PM

Re: interesting...

by mycool    Mar 1, 2012, 3:07 PM

edzero said:
Im not a networking expert as well but I do know that at&t has put a tremendous amount of money into expanding its network. Im not saying what theyre doing is right, but its much better than the vague 5% policy they started with.

I also said that this is a step in the right direction. But, I stress again... AT&T should look only at itself to blame for the situation it is in first before chastizing customers.

There are actually provisions in the T&C which state limitations to the "Unlimited" data. But, those were more along the lines of you can't use this to host a server, you can't do anything illegal (such as DDOS), etc. Except, AT&T is punishing customers for using their phones in a standard way just because they oversold their network.

The best example is the gym example... Gyms thrive on overselling membership... AT&T (and other carriers) attempted to use the same business model, except now it's biting them in the butt because people actually use data.

I think the best thing AT&T can do is eliminate this throttling all together, invest in their network (more than they have -- they have around $39B available), and for people that they deem to be just too unaffordable, AT&T should buy them out of their contract at the same value that the customer would have to pay if they broke their contract. That's the fair thing to do. That's the right thing to do.

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