Im most likely moving to austin in the next few months, not a fan of hearing this though
If it is any consolation, the linked article is wrong. This took place in New Braunfels, not Austin. New Braunfels is in Comal County and is counted as part of the San Antonio metro area in the US census.
It's nice to be able to finally let my readers know AT&T is the only acceptable broadband in the Austin area.
Hold up there chief. People living in Austin actually have a choice of cable companies. Grande offers 12MB+burst cable for $50 unbundled. Check out their homepage, their position on bandwidth caps is pretty clearly stated.
I know that I personally have gone well over 44GB several times before and I have never heard a peep from them or observed any kind of throttling. I do try to start most large downloads after midnight, but more out of courtesy than fear of getting my account cut off.
All the simple programs have been written.