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AT&T begins enforcing broadband caps, offers $30 waiver option

AT&T now enforcing data caps, increases limit over initial 2011 plan.

@seanridgeley
Published Tue, May 24 2016 11:07 AM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 11:59 AM CST

AT&T began data capping its U-Verse broadband customers back in 2011, although it didn't enforce its new rules. That changes this week as May 23 has arrived: the date the company said it would begin enforcing caps.

AT&T begins enforcing broadband caps, offers $30 waiver option | TweakTown.com

Whereas the cap was 250GB per month in 2011, that's been increased to 300GB for those with 768 Kbps-6Mbps plans; 12Mbps-75Mbps plans will have a 600GB cap, and 100 Mbps-1Gbps means a 1TB cap. Should you exceed the limit (and you'll receive plenty of e-mail warnings before you do), you'll be charged $10 for each 50GB of extra data. Alternately, you can pay a flat $30 extra per month for unlimited data.

AT&T says about 4% of its customers go over the new limits.

DSLReports cites the move as a "fairly obvious effort by AT&T to try and stop cord cutters from defecting to streaming video options", and wonders whether the company's upcoming streaming video service will be exempt from the caps.

If you're unhappy with the changes, you can let the FCC and FTC know here and here.

Sean has a background in journalism, and has been using that to write about gaming and tech since 2008 - first for Neoseeker, then Rage3D, and now, TweakTown. As News Editor, Sean's job is to supply regular stories on the latest happenings in the tech world. He also writes tweak guides to help you get the most out of your PC games and hardware.

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