I have posted many post on how bad a service ATT had been.  Here is my turn to defend ATT.

It is not ATT’s fault that we consume so much bandwidth online.   Us Americans are mental children that cannot balance our checkbook.  We have heard it many times, the reason we are in our economic dodo has to do with how we think.  We are responsible for our own actions.

For me, I want to be able to use the Internet when I need to use it.  I hardly use any high definition (HD) graphics or videos if at all.  I do not play any video games.  I do log into virtual world called SecondLife, but that is hardly something to worry about.  It does not use any HD graphics.  This does not mean I could consume what Internet I use better.

From Christmas through about a month ago, ATT has serious speed and line quality issues.  I am sure it has a lot to do with over taxing the bandwidth with Netflix, HD video games, and all the rest that could be done off line.  A lot of customers, including myself were very frustrated over how bad it was.  It is true more and more are pushing the boundaries of our online usage, but we need to stop and take a moment to think.

Do we really need to watch movies online?  Small videos on You Tube is one thing, but a 2 hour movie.  We have DVD players for that.  Most PCs have DVD players.  I think for the most part with SecondLife, once a sim fully rezzes, it is on your PC.  It is not a live feed of the same scenery.  When one is on SL, they use a viewer.  It is a client based.  All the action is live, but not much changes.

Unless you are the type that downloads illegal movies, software, and all the rest, then I do not see any major issues.  Here is a statement from http://www.pamil-visions.net/att-bandwidth-cap/224385/


The real story here is that AT&T is not trying to punish work-at-home business owners or college roommates sharing an online connection.  These are just casualties of a larger war versus Netflix and other online streaming content providers.  Too many people are at least experimenting with the concept of “life after cable”, where their only source of visual entertainment comes from the Internet, often via Netflix, Amazon, iTunes, Hulu, or a combination of two or more.


From http://cable.tmcnet.com/topics/cable/articles/154012-att-formalizes-bandwidth-cap-policy-fixed-line-broadband.htm


AT&T argues that less than two percent of its customers will be affected by the new policy, and that the average DSL account uses about 18 Gigabytes per month. It is hard to directly translate that to a "consumption per user" metric since many accounts are shared by family members, for example, and usage within each family will vary dramatically.


Basically, most Americans are spoiled rotten.  We think we have to have what we want and when we want it.  There is nothing wrong in wanting things, but we can do it all in moderation.  There is more to life than movies, HD games, and the Internet itself.