AT&T patent application could lead to pricier data for those who do bandwidth busting activities

A new patent application by AT&T might affect how its mobile customers use the amount of data they contract for each month. The patent, filed by the carrier back in September, just recently was revealed and offers the possibility of AT&T charging more for certain uses of data. Titled "Prevention Of Bandwidth Abuse Of A Communications System," the system awards subscribers with a certain number of credits...
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25. phonetekmek

Posts: 70; Member since: Oct 04, 2013

So even though I pay for X amount of GB's depending on what I choose to do with the data I have paid for I may be charged even more? If this enables those who do not use bandwith hogging activities to have unlimited data again, I may be for it. But if it still tiered data this would be insane. This is why net neutrality is so important. Of course Ma Bell would want to patent this idea. Her biggest offspring Verizon would surely jump on the idea!

28. Jayshmay

Posts: 82; Member since: Mar 27, 2011

And yet people still support this company!!! Gosh, I really hope there id a leveling out of the market in the U.S. in the coming years.
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