Sorry, It’s Time to Start Counting Gigabytes at Home, Too

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FROM: WIRED MAGAZINE | KLINT FINLEY

YOUR HOME INTERNET will soon work a lot more like your phone’s data plan, if it doesn’t already.

AT&T, the second-largest broadband Internet provider in the US, is imposing “data allowances” on its customers. U-Verse customers now face limits between 300GB to 1TB depending on their existing plans, AT&T said. This should be enough for 100 to 400 hours of high-definition video streaming per month, the company estimates.

That may sound like plenty. And AT&T isn’t the first to experiment with data limits for home Internet service. But it’s the kind of quiet change that signals a broader transformation. In the near future, the Internet that you get at home is going to start looking a lot more like the Internet you get on your phone. And that could result in a massive increase in costs for broadband subscribers.

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