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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

AT&T Set to Throttle

AT&T is joining T-Mobile USA on October 1st, 2011, when it begins throttling data speeds on "Five-percenters" -- that is, the top 5% of users who tax the cellular system the most. These are usually users who download a lot of streaming video or play online games.

AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon quit signing-up users on "unlimited" plans some time ago, due to network congestion. Throttling the speeds of the top 5% who use the most bandwidth is expected to ease congestion even more. AT&T and T-Mobile charge heavy users for data usage exceeding a set amount and AT&T said it will notify users when they are approaching joining the top 5%.

This applies only to cell users at this time, and not to Wi-Fi network users.

© C Harris Lynn, 2011

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