Re: May 2nd 250 GB Cap On Uverse Internet - Myusage.at
05-09-2011 03:35:09 PM
Actually IF you are a high bandwidth user the advice is very sound. Because IF you lock yourself into a contract then YOU are subject to ATT term fee's to get out of that contract. Now if you were just doing a bit of usage above the cap you may be right, but if it turns out that you are blowing the cap out, you are much much much better staying out of contract so that you can move services. Also if business class comcast is available in that area it is roughly the same cost as UVERSE residential. NOW THAT IS A NO BRAINER.
The only alternate ISP in my area is Charter. That IS my ONLY choice. Most of us only have one or two choices of ISP in our local areas. Plus, I have never had a contract with ATT Uverse. To move to Charter would REQUIRE a contract.
As the Consumer Reports survey of 70,000 customers make very clear, anyone NOT using ATT Uverse or Verizon FIOS is getting MUCH WORSE service and features. I trust CR more than anyone here to evaluate our choices.
You also state:
" ATT wouldn't purchase the code from Comcast, and Comcast most certainly would not sell it to them in most cases BECAUSE it is considered intellectual property."
LICENSING of intellectual property is done all the time. Otherwise, none of us would be allowed to run Windows 7.
@jt4703: You stated: "I CAN access my meter since about mid-march and NONE of the totals for any of the date ranges, or more recently individual days, are anywhere near the same amounts both of my meters I have running on my end for the same date ranges/days. I have one machine connected to the internet, wireless is turned off, and both bandwidth meters that run on my machine are within .01mb of one another, however the AT&T meter is 2-4GB over per day or 15-25GB over on the past data that was collected in "weekly" ranges."
Have you yet exceded your 150 Gb per month cap? I assume you are a DSL user since I havn't noticed any Uverse users report their bandwidth usage here yet. What meters are you using to verify ATT's meter? There is no guarantee any commerial 3rd party meter is accurate either. In fact most of them are probably a lot less accurate than ATT's meter since it is likely ATT licenses theiir meter software from Comcast which has tested it for THREE YEARS and those other meters are being offered by much smaller companies without large alpha and beta test users.
In fact it is very likely that ATT has been doing their own testing on their bandwidth meters for at least 6 weeks now since their first public announcement of the caps. The delays in introduction are probably related to testing and validating on MILLIONS of their customers as we speak. No 3rd party meters have millions of customers to the best of my knowledge. I could be wrong there. If you know of one tested on millions of customers for at least a year which has been proved not to clash with most other software, I'd like to know it's name. I may buy a copy myself to verify ATT's meter.
@bubba: you stated: "I agree, Comcast wouldn't sell their meter. Plus, AT&T would never want it. But even if for some strange reason they did, it's not like a plug-n-play device. So many changes would have to be made to the code that it would be faster and easier to start from scratch. It's not like both Comcast and AT&T networks are clones of each others. "
I said up above the meter software was probably LICENSED. And you are CORRECT again. All those delays we are seeing are probably due to customization, testing and validation to meet ATT's special needs. Even if ATT developed their own unique metering software instead of taking the shortcut of licensing from Comcast, there could still be many unexpected delays in implementation. That's why neither you nor I can read our own meters yet. Hopefully, they will go live before 2012. Maybe its better they take longer and don't subject us to the new caps for as long as possible.
If you read the post closely you will see that I said IF comcast business class is available an option then it is a no brainer. Charter business class, now that is a tough call. And yes we license intellectual property all the time. However there is a huge difference between Microsoft licensing a copy of windows 7 to a consumer (its end customer), and Comcast licensing it's proprietary network operations and control software to its largest competitor. It probably isn't going to happen. It would be like Apple licensing the kernal from Windows 7. Microsoft probably would never sell that license and Apple probably wouldn't want to buy it because they are in direct competition for customers.