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usage-based billing


What does AT&T's $100 million fine mean to me?

CNET's Marguerite Reardon explains to an AT&T unlimited-data customer what the FCC's historic fine against the company for misleading customers really means.

By June 28, 2015


Comcast may impose data caps on all customers within 5 years

Executive VP for the cable giant predicts move to a usage-based billing model, with a data cap of maybe 500GB.

By May 14, 2014


Got big power bills? Blame dumb electronics

Household electronics need to be designed to operate like battery-saving mobile devices to keep a lid on climbing energy use from the growing number of connected gadgets in the home.

By May 3, 2012


Will the FCC ever force AT&T and Verizon to revive unlimited data?

A reader asks if the FCC might investigate AT&T and Verizon for getting rid of their unlimited data plans and raising rates via the share plans. Ask Maggie's Marguerite Reardon offers her opinion.

By August 4, 2012


Pay-per-use bandwidth? Not without some ground rules

Molly Wood faces the hard reality that the days of unlimited bandwidth are over, but she's not going to get taken to the cleaners by greedy providers. Here's how to make pay-per-use a fair deal for everyone.

By May 17, 2012


Time Warner Cable tries to cap broadband data usage--again

In Southern Texas, Time Warner Cable is offering customers $5 off their bill if they'll agree to a 5GB cap on data usage. Where have we seen this before?

By February 29, 2012


Avoid a sky-high bill by tracking your Verizon data use

Verizon gives current and potential customers plenty of tools to monitor data usage. Unfortunately not one them dulls the pain that comes with overage charges.

By July 7, 2011


FCC to present 'bill shock' rules

New rules would require subscribers be alerted when they are about to exceed limits or incur international and roaming charges not covered by monthly plans.

By October 13, 2010


Are you overpaying for smartphone data?

Most smartphone subscribers only use about 20 percent of the data in their monthly plan. But heavy data subscribers are flocking to Sprint Nextel, while light users looking for a good deal are going to T-Mobile.

By August 3, 2011


Verizon Wireless CTO talks 4G, data consumption (Q&A)

CNET sits down with CTO David Small to ask him about the network, what he thinks of the competition, and why the company eliminated its unlimited mobile data plan.

By July 13, 2011