Starting Monday, AT&T will place a cap on its broadband Internet services. Following Comcast's broadband cap and AT&T being the number two carrier in the U.S., the majority of the U.S. broadband Internet will now be saddled with a cap. AT&T will be placing a 150 GB monthly cap on its DSL users and a 250 GB monthly cap for its UVerse users.
In order to sidestep Canada's pervasive bandwidth caps, Netflix Canada has unveiled a new tiered service that will allow users to customize their video quality. The move comes in response to progressively lower bandwidth caps placed on consumers by ISPs, who claim that streaming services like Netflix are clogging the tubes, so to speak. The new options offer three settings with different data rates: Good, at 0.3 gb per hour; Better, at 0.7 gb per hour; and Best, at 1gb per hour or high with HD. Since the Best setting is the only one which mentions HD, it can be assumed that HD content is only available on the Best setting. With the new settings, users who previously watched 30 hours of Netflix and rammed nearly 30gb through the intertubenet can lower their usage to a mere 9gb. There is no indication that Netflix will be offering a lower monthly fee for users who turn down their video quality. It does, however, prevent them from maxing out the limits placed on them by their ISPs and getting slapped with hefty fines. It's unfortunate that ISPs continue to find new ways to charge their customers and restrict access to the services they already provided, instead of fixing these alleged maladies. (via Engadget)