Are we truly aware of how much Data we are using?
We have all heard the advertisements from wireless, cable, and internet providers: “The only, truly No Limit Plan”. We have probably all thought the same thing upon hearing that: sounds too good to be true. And we are right.
Let’s take a minute and read the fine print that explains these no-limit limits.
Most companies enforce an Acceptable Use Policy, on a shared network. For instance, Sprints’ no limit policy states the following:
Excessive Utilization of Network Resources: Consuming a disproportionate amount of available Network resources resulting in the potential to disrupt or degrade the Network or Network usage by others. The determination of what constitutes excessive use depends on the specific state of the Network at any given time. Excessive use is determined by resource consumption relative to that of a typical individual user of the Network and not by the use of any particular application.
If you are in the top 1% of the heaviest users on the Sprint network, they can throttle back the speeds at which you transmit or receive, upload or download data. Verizon and AT&T restrict bandwidth for users in the top 5%. Any electronic transmission sent, received, posted, accessed, or stored via ANY network.
One of the most important things the consumer can do to avoid violating an Acceptable Use Policy on a No Limit Plan is be aware of the data we are using, downloading and uploading. If you use your internet service primarily for video streaming, watching movies or listening to music, pay attention to file size. A High-Def 2 hour downloaded movie averages about 7 Gigabytes of data. If you watch two movies a week you are using almost 60gigs of data per month, and that’s BEFORE you even factor in regular internet browsing, Dropbox file sharing, photo sharing and viewing via social media, live streaming, etc.
Awareness of your data usage is a huge benefit, maximizing the quality of your own bandwidth on your communication providers’ network!
If you are tired of bandwidth restrictions and shared network restrictions NIA has dedicated satellite pricing available. We also provide shared plans with CIR which is ideal for business customers that want to replace Hughesnet, WildBlue and Starband.