caught in some frustrating loop of semi-sleep, slow and circular, in which exhaustion swung him slowly out, toward where sleep should surely have been, then overshot the mark somehow, bumping him over into a state of random anxiety that couldn't quite qualify as wakefulness, then back out again, convinced of sleep's promise...
More like this.
Also, this is more common in my experience than I’d like it to be.
So, apparently AT&T has bandwidth caps now. And, apparently, I'm in deep shit.
The salient point here is that I am six days into my billing period, and I have already used one third of the amount of data AT&T will let me have.
I should mention that this is news to me. Today received an email warning me that my “plan is limited to 150GB for each billing period.” I never signed up for a plan of any kind. I signed up for internet service. I’ve had it for years, and for years I’ve been using it how I needed to use it.
Which is a lot more than AT&T wants me to use, apparently:
That’s right, I’ve exceeded my ‘plan’ every month, by a lot every month, since AT&T began keeping track. That they were keeping track is also news to me. I received no notice by mail, email or phone, that they were changing the terms of my service agreement.
And all that red up there? That’s not a slap on the wrist. They’re not just trying to make me feel bad about it. No, that costs money. Money to the tune of $10 per 50GB over; about $200 in surcharges, all told.
So why the new policy and new charges? On their website, AT&T states:
AT&T has experienced a dramatic increase in the amount of data that is sent and received over its wireline broadband networks. This dramatic increase […] can cause congestion and slow Internet speeds for other users.
"You’re using too much of the service you pay us for.”
A business where the customers want to use your product? That’s a business I’d like to be in. Further, the cost of providing that product keepsgoingdown. So why, again? The smart kids in the front row already know, it’s a big money grab. Much like gas station owners who hike up their prices as bad weather or a holiday weekend approaches, the ISPs see bandwidth in higher demand than ever, and they see an opportunity to gouge their customers.
I need this connection to do my job, and I can’t get a different ‘plan’. I originally intended to purchase a better connection (which AT&T has now assigned a higher limit), but the AT&T tech who installed it said that, due to the old wiring in my building, they couldn’t guarantee a quality of service for the better connection.