AT&T Bandwidth Caps Are Here: How Much Data Do You Use?

AT&T (s T) instituted its new broadband bandwidth caps Sunday, limiting DSL users to 150 GB of bandwidth and U-Verse customers to 250 GB per month. Customers who exceed these limits have to pay $10 for every 50 GB of additional usage. Which got us wondering: How much bandwidth do you, dear reader, use each month?

AT&T is making a bandwidth meter available to all of its customers to track monthly usage at There are numerous reports of customers who haven’t been able to access the meter yet, but others have been more successful, and customer representatives have reportedly said the meter should be available to everyone by today. Once it’s available, it will also display usage from previous months, giving customers an idea of what’s in store for them.

We want to use that data for an admittedly completely unscientific survey. Here’s how you can help: Are you an AT&T DSL or U-Verse customer? Then please do us a favor and go to, check your meter, and let us know how much bandwidth you’ve been using.

Of course, you can also participate if you’re not with AT&T. Comcast users, who are subject to a 250 GB cap, can find details about their bandwidth consumption after logging in to their Customer Central page (select “users and settings > view details > my devices”). Finally, some routers and router firmware distributions also support bandwidth metering. Check your device manual for details.

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