Shockingly, AT&T has discovered that *gasp* people are abusing their unlimited pre-paid data service by tapping into it with their laptops. As a result, the plug is being pulled on the $19.99/month option starting on November 12th. AT&T will also place a cap on the legitimate laptop DataConnect plan that works out to 5GB a month for $60. Overages will be billed at $0.00048 per kilobyte, which translates into a bank account-busting $480 per gigabyte. However, rumors claim that AT&T will terminate service once a $100 overage threshold has been reached. [PhoneNews via Engadget Mobile via MobileBurn]
Until you ALL start raising a hullabaloo with your local and federal politicians, welcome to the wonderful world of free-market.
Except, there really is not much truth to free-marklet since most media (phone included) have interlocking board members.
Point is, it is a relative monopoly.