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    Default AT&T throttles speeds for heavy users

    AT&T is apparently making good on its promise to cut back on speeds for heavy data users.

    Posted by tech enthusiast site CultofMac, a text message sent by AT&T to such a user says that "Your data usage is among the top 5 percent of users. Data speeds for the rest of your current bill cycle may be reduced."
    The data restriction policy comes as no surprise. AT&T had announced back in July that it would throttle speeds for heavy data users starting on October 1. The policy affects only subscribers who still have an unlimited data plan. Those with limited data plans who go over their allotment are simply charged for the extra data.
    AT&T has not made it clear how much data you'd need to gobble up to appear in the top 5 percent, but the carrier has said that such users consume around 12 times more data than the average customer.
    Responding to CNET's request for comment, an AT&T spokesperson promised to provide further details on its data policy.

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    Default Re: AT&T throttles speeds for heavy users

    This comes as no surprise to me. A number of UK isp's seem to have a limit of around 250-300GB month. I can do that in a day and that is whilst curbing my use between 9am and 9pm. Yes I know this is high but I do wonder how they choose the limit? is it by contention alone?
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