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AT&T looking at charging heavy Internet users extra

NEW YORK (AP) - San Antonio-based AT&T is considering charging extra for Internet customers who download large amounts of data.

AT&T spokesman Michael Coe says a form of usage-based pricing for those customers who have abnormally high usage patterns -- is inevitable.

Coe says the top five percent of AT&T's DSL customers use 46% of the total bandwidth.

Overall bandwidth use on the network is surging, doubling every year and a half.

He says AT&T doesn't have any specific plans or fees to announce yet.

Time Warner Cable this month started a trial in Beaumont under which it will charge subscribers who go over their monthly bandwidth cap -- $1 per gigabyte.

DVD-by-mail pioneer Netflix just launched a TV set-top box that receives an unlimited stream of Internet video to a TV set for as little as $8.99 per month.

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