8 years ago
Unlimited plans throttled after 5GB, but AT&T gives new lines 100GB
by Jon Brodkin
AT&T yesterday began offering "double the data for the same price" to
new customers and existing customers who sign new contracts, apparently
forgetting that its network is so congested that speeds must be
throttled when people use too much data.
Like other carriers, AT&T slows the speeds of certain users when the
network is congested. Such network management is a necessary evil that
can benefit the majority of customers when used to ensure that everyone
can connect to the network. But as Federal Communications Commission
Chairman Tom Wheeler has argued, the carriers' selective enforcement of
throttling shows that it can also be used to boost revenue by pushing
subscribers onto pricier plans.