(FINAL DRAFT AND TITLE ADDED) Hot on the heels of Canada's own usage capped fight this past year, AT&T has also began rolling out/"testing" usage meters on some markets in the US but not all. We believe "testing" will not be completed until after the result of the T-Mobile decision and will likely be influenced by the result of the CRTC (Canadian FCC pseudo-counterpart) decision we are awaiting on Tuesday. We've already seen complaints of gross inaccuracies and bill shock. Cox is doing similarly too, also not widespread in all markets yet.
Please sign the petition to stop things in their tracks now, but this is barely the start. AT&T's reach will have over 50% of the US market capped in one stroke, many without alternatives. We'll have an article outlining use cases on the serious effects that this can have on social and economic behaviour in the following weeks as evidenced by other countries that have implemented caps already, including further restrictions and degradation of service once the door to capping and other means are opened.
The US economy is already hurting and this will affect productivity and innovation even moreso. Americans for the large part have been free to build whatever they've envisioned without the uncertainty and stress layer that caps can bring and this has unleashed many world-leading companies you take for granted today like Google, Youtube etc. Other countries with these caps in place have struggled to compete, or much less generate even a single champion of their own. There is much at stake.
UPDATE (1/20/2012) We are working with the Stop AT&T From Bandwidth Capping group to expand this into a broader feature on US competitiveness, how caps have held back local tech industries in affected countries around the world as well as a call for collaborators for a deeper investigation into exactly which areas of the US this already affects to this date and which ones are under threat.
UPDATE (2/22/2012) Wow, this thing too longer than expected ,but here's a finally completed draft of what should be close to final text for review. http://www.worldbroadbandfoundation.org/content/special-report-atts-national-data-cap-farce-petition-included
UPDATE(2/25/2012) This is the final link for the article. http://www.worldbroadbandfoundation.org/content/special-report-att-led-data-capping-trend-its-not-too-late