AT&T Confirms They'll Throttle Starting October 1
Again Insists T-Mobile Merger Necessary to Fix Spectrum Issues
AT&T has confirmed rumors from last week
that the company would be throttling the heaviest mobile wireless users starting October 1. "Starting October 1, smartphone customers with unlimited data plans may experience reduced speeds once their usage in a billing cycle reaches the level that puts them among the top 5 percent of heaviest data users," the company says in a statement
. "These customers can still use unlimited data and their speeds will be restored with the start of the next billing cycle." AT&T insists that these impacted heavy users on average consume twelve times more data than the average of all other smartphone data customers. The company also states that impacted users will receive multiple notices informing them to the changes made to their wireless connection, as well as a grace period -- though that period is not defined by AT&T. AT&T uses the release to play up their supposed capacity constraints (despite the fact Verizon has less spectrum and says they face no such issues), insisting that only the T-Mobile merger can fix the problem.