Broadband Breakdown

How five different users might manage AT&T's broadband streaming cap

AT&T’s decision to institute a monthly broadband streaming cap means that managing your bandwdith will become yet another hassle to obsess over. Did that last episode of Arrested Development push you over the limit? Dang, don’t forget about that lonely weekend you spent with your laptop and March Madness. The cap adds up to roughly 64 hours of streaming to keep track of. Go over and you’ll pay $10 for every extra 50 gigabytes. So what to do you view with that time? Here’s how five user segments might manage the stream.

Roughly the hours of streaming allowed under AT&T’s monthly broadband cap. A breakdown of how certain demos might use 250 gigabytes is below.

10 Hours of humor sites

20 YouTube surfing

4 It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia

6 SpongeBob SquarePants

10 Jersey Shore

4 Porn

10 Alt radio

15 Hours of movies

10 YouTube viewing

10 Kids sites video

3 Google Video

4 Video vacation research

10 Glee

5 Grey’s Anatomy

5 The Amazing Race

1 Porn


10 Hours of Skype

4 Dancing With the Stars

10 The Voice

10 Classic TV series

6 YouTube viewing

5 How-to video content

3 News site video

10 Movies

6 Casual gaming

15 Hours of exercise programs

12 Hours of HBO

5 Cooking instruction video

4 Friday Night Lights

7 Pandora

10 Law & Order: SVU

4 Glee

5 Skype

2 videos

20 Hours of NFL Network

10 Movies (The Big Lebowski twice)

5 Humor sites

4 Survivor

6 Arrested Development

5 Ultimate Fighting

2 News video

2 Skype

10 Porn

Illustrations by Kim Bost

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