If you’ve got a phone with AT&T service, you are probably already used to limits on how much data you can use during a given service period.
If you’ve got AT&T as your home internet provider, get ready. Service limits are headed your way as well.
According to TG Daily, the company will begin capping downloads for their DSL customers at 150 GB per month. If you have AT&T’s Uverse service, your limit goes up to 250 GB per month.
If you go beyond those limits, you’ll be charged $10 per every 50 GB used.
Unlike when it imposed data limits on smartphones, though, the new structure will not result in a price change for current monthly rates. When it changed the smartphone data plan, it actually lowered the rate to compensate for the lower limit, resulting in a lot of customers actually getting cheaper monthly bills.
Broadband customers won’t see a reduction in price, but, according to AT&T, the vast majority won’t see an increase either. The company says only 2% of its customers will be affected. The average DSL customer, it says, only uses 18 GB of data per month.
“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,” said AT&T in a statement.
For the 2% who use more than 150 GB, though, it’s not good news. AT&T claims it will send notifications to customers after they reach 65% of their monthly limit, as well as when they reach 90% and then once more when they hit the limit.