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AT&T Ups Throttling Threshold to 3GB

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Top message:  UNLIMITED IS UNLIMITED by MadFatMan   Mar 1, 2012, 3:38 PM

Replying to:  Re: UNLIMITED IS UNLIMITED by FadeProof   Mar 1, 2012, 3:57 PM


by Vmac39    Mar 1, 2012, 4:37 PM

Something people tend to forget. TMO does the same the same thing from talking with a couple of people who have their services. Yes, they offer unlimited data but, you may not get the same speed of you use too much data.

The issues for ATT and other carriers, isn't just utilizing the spectrum they have but, how to use it more efficiently. Margins still need to be put in place, to ensure serious congestion issues in the networks and keep those in check that would abuse the unlimited data privilege. Yes, it is a privilege because ATT did not have to grandfather customers with unlimited data over to a new contract. That was done as a gesture of gratitude for being a customer. Now, this is from my experience was only if you asked to be grandfathered in. They still have the right to have said no. Despite all the negative bashing on how terrible ATT's service is, I have noticed increased reliability in their network, in my area. By no means am I saying that there isn't room for improvement but, the over use of spectrum is am for all carriers. If the government really want to look out for the best interest of customers, they can start by researching an industry standard for the most efficient way to use spectrum that carriers have. I would think the FCC would want this, considering they are in charge of how much spectrum any on company can have. The other option would be for companies that come up with technology or ways of using spectrum not efficiently, could present it to the government as a potential model for efficient spectrum use. The gain for that company(ies) would be a moderate tax break for that year or some sort of reasonable one time fee for other carriers to use their model to help or increase their network. I think this might also help with keeping competition between them healthy. What company wouldn't want to save or make money and have bragging rights as being the innovators of a model that other companies model. This will would in my opinion, keep carriers always looking to be innovators and not just looking for ways to make money only.

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