Originally published: March 17, 2011
Last updated: March 17, 2011 - 3:20pm
As AT&T moves to adopt monthly usage limits and charge overage fees for DSL, Verizon Communications says that -- for now -- it won't follow suit for its own wireline broadband services.
"We have no plans to implement usage-based pricing for our fixed broadband customers," Verizon director of media relations Bill Kula said. "We will continue to evaluate what is best to ensure our customers get the best broadband service for the best value." Effective May 2, AT&T will limit regular DSL users to 150 Gigabytes of data used per month, while U-verse Internet DSL users will be capped at 250 GB. Users will be charged $10 for every 50 GB beyond the caps. Roughly speaking, 150 GB would be equivalent to 150 hours of standard-definition streaming video. Verizon does not impose specific usage caps on its wireline FiOS Internet and DSL broadband services. However, the telco does reserve the right to terminate service if customers violate its acceptable use policy "and excessive use 'could' constitute a violation," Kula noted. To date, Verizon has not disconnected any consumer, small business or mass market customers, he added. Still, Verizon executives have said that at some point flat-rate pricing for unlimited broadband will be unsustainable given expected usage growth.
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