Watchdogs Asked Federal Commission to Check Data CapsAdded: Friday, May 13th, 2011
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Consumer watchdogs NAFOTI (New America Foundation’s Open Technology Initiative) and the Public Knowledge turned the FCC’s attention to the fact that with more than a half of households being currently affected by data allotments, it must be ensured they are connected with “legitimate concerns over network capacity”. The watchdog groups also pointed out that the investigation is also necessary because of the AT&T’s decision to monetize bandwidth.
Watchdog groups have compiled a letter to the Federal Communications Commission, where they ask it to examine the nature, purpose, and impact broadband allotments are having on American consumers. The need for investigation is also made urgent by the recent decision taken by AT&T to convert its data allotment into a revenue source.
The request relates to AT&T’s decision to implement a 150GB monthly data allotment for DSL customers. At the same time, U-verse customers will face a 250GB monthly data allotment. The measures are considered to address the 2% of users the Internet service provider claims are using a disproportionate amount of network bandwidth.
The watchdogs question why the ISP’s data caps are “at best” the same as those introduced by Comcast in 2008, with the allotment for DSL customers still being 100GB lower than Comcast’s was way back then. Meanwhile, the move causes concerns because the traditional selling points of DSL networks is that it is able to mitigate the impacts of heavy users on the entire network. Taking this into account, one can make a conclusion that the innovations mean either that the ISP’s network is designed worse than that of its major competitor was in 2008, or that the company has other motivations behind the decision.
Consumer groups suggested that introduced data allotments relate to monetizing bandwidth instead of relieving network congestion. This way, with over 50% of American consumers currently being under data caps and the company failing to provide any clear and transparent justification of that, the investigation is required to find out whether the ISP really needs to address network capacity concerns. Indeed, unlike other ISPs whose allotments are linked to congestions during peak hours, AT&T seems to be planning to convert data allotments into a profit centre by charging extra fees for exceeding the cap.
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Friday, May 13th, 2011
|posted by (2011-05-13 23:32:07)|
|AT&T should do this, they are gonna loose out, IF there are other alternatives, the companies that stick to UNLIMITED will scoop up the their clients, this strategy will FAIL.|
|posted by (2011-05-14 06:33:07)|
|Maybe the sheeple will comply or maybe not this should be interesting.|
|posted by (2011-05-14 07:14:51)|
|I think AT&T screwed the pooch on this one. Their main fault charging for "over use". Hell comcast has a cap, but at least their not gonna charge you if you go over, just slow your service to make it run like dial up till the next month.|
|america, home of the free... freedom for corporations to do whatever they want.||
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