I have now sent my thoughts as well as a copy of this letter to my congressman, the white house, and the following individuals at Coast to Coast in the hopes that the first 2 get legislation going, and that the Coast to Coast lot mobilizes the C2C audience.
George Noory, Ian Punnett, George Knapp, Lisa Lyon, Tom Danheiser, Lex Lonehood, and Shawn LaDouceur
This letter was originally sent to:
Randall Stephenson, AT&T CEO
phone: 210-351-5401 (direct to his secretary)
alternate phone: 210-821-4105 (headquarters, press 3, ask for Mr. Stephenson's office)
175 E. Houston
San Antonio, TX 78205
Dear Mr. Stephenson and AT&T, yesterday I was shocked to learn (from a co-worker, not a mailing to our house) that a 250GB bandwidth cap would be coming May 2nd. This must be a joke, I simply couldn't believe it until I discovered article after article over the past month announcing and commenting on this. I then found several threads on the official AT&T forums from customers that were outraged like myself, one of which is at 89 pages of replies at the time of writing this letter. Your company has said time and time again this will only effect 2% of your customers.
I sir, am one of the 2%.
At 1.5mbps, it would take 16 Days 2 Hours 20 Minutes to downoad 250GB...
At 10mbps, it would take 2 Days 11 Hours 39 Minutes to download 250GB...
At 24mbps, one of their services, it wouldn't take a day to use your cap.
I am a 24mbps man. I'm very sad as I use half of that just in video/podcasts a week as I listen to 16-20 hours of audio a day at work (double speed), I have several TB of data backed up online, uploading just 1 hour of 960p video off-site backup or to youtube from my GoPro would take me past my cap. 1 hour: 265.42 GB... not to mention uploading all the stuff I shoot with my SLR.
AT&T shouldn't sell me a 24mbit connection, if they don't want me to use it... maxed out 24/7 I can transfer 7.88TB of data with my connection. They want me to use 3% of my connection's potential or pay penalties for going over. (actually about 2.8-2.9% once you factor in I could be maxing out my upload too) Since AT&T only wants me to use 3% of my connection's potential, shouldn't it be fair that I only pay a couple of bucks a month, the 3% of my connection's cost? I hope AT&T is going to come to my house and backup all of photos and videos I shoot every week now and keep them in the cloud for me, since I can't back them up to backblaze starting next month when I lose my bandwidth. It's not uncommon for me to use 1.5-2TB a month. The podcasts I listen to will eat up 1/3 of the cap alone, I'll have to stop watching stuff on iTunes university as that'll take me to my cap, plus there are 3 other people in this house, each with their own computers. God forbid my iOS devices need updates too, since Apple makes you download the whole iOS and not just the updated portions... there goes a few GB of my 250 every iOS update.
-Ryan Carl .Mercer
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