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What Does Fair Usage Mean For Mobile Broadband

February 1st, 2012

Before you sign up for your next mobile broadband provider, you might want to understand what “Fair Usage” means in terms of mobile broadband. Often times you will see “unlimited” downloads as an option, but there are often restrictions under the “fair usage policy.” The following will help you understand why fair usage limits may apply to your “unlimited” mobile broadband.

It is rather antithetical to have a fair usage policy on unlimited internet; however, it is in place because of performance reasons. The internet is shared by many individuals. Actually, the internet is what you could call a party line. There can be up to 50 people on one line which is determined by the “contention ratio.” If one user is constantly downloading items it can mean other users on the same line will suffer a slow connection.

Fair usage policies have been created in order to limit a user from using too much of the peak times. This is in an effort to keep the entire group from being affected by the increased usage of one particular customer. Most internet providers try to put people who download a lot on the same connection to make it fairer for other groups who may not download as much. Users who just check emails will get the lightening speeds and actually get a chance to use the appropriate speed rather than being in contention with someone who downloads more.

Fair Usage Restrictions

Restrictions are applied to mobile broadband to ensure that all users get the best quality. For those with 24mbps speeds they may find they are gaining a slower speed during the peak times because the internet is being used more by more consumers.

It can be rather frustrating due to the advertisement of unlimited internet. Some individuals pay a lot more for the high speed packages in order to get the high speeds for all the downloading they do. The unlimited advertising is set up for the high end users, but then the fair usage clause can come into effect. You might want to check with any of the potential ISPs (internet service providers) you are considering to see if they have a fair usage policy and what that might mean with regards to the contention ratio. If you are on a network with other high users but are a lower user you may have issues.

Heavy users tend to be P2P or peer to peer users meaning they may do a lot of file sharing. They tend to upload and download large files like movies and music. These users tend to take up a lot of bandwidth so they slow everyone else down. For those who are not on an ISPs network setup for the heavier usage they may be pointed towards the fair usage policy, meaning the consumer may be limited from downloading or uploading during peak times.

One has to look at What is Fair based on all the users online. Surfing day to day, occasional downloads, and checking emails is not going to get you into trouble with your internet company. About 1 to 3GB per day is considered too much. You want to keep an eye on your usage so that you won’t be subject to the fair usage policy. For example, if you are downloading a large file then let it download during off peak hours. In this way you are letting everyone use a fair amount during the peak times. ISP may slow your connection at peak times if you do not heed their warnings regarding fair usage. You should know that unlimited is not always unlimited. There are fair usage restrictions.

Above the fair usage data provided has explained to you normal and mobile broadband usage. Obviously with a regular broadband connection like one you use at home, you have higher speeds available than those with mobile broadband dongles. With mobile broadband you have speeds of up to 7.2 mbps from most internet service providers. If you are a heavy user you may find yourself back to 1.5mbps during peak times.

Mobile broadband tends to have higher restrictions than home connections. It is due to the networks themselves. They are unable to handle the high number of users on the mobile broadband connections. More and more people are signing up for the network. In fact more are signing up than imagined, so ISPs are trying to figure out a way to handle the issue, but as yet there is no way to add more internet.

The internet is a global system with interconnected computer networks. It means that millions of private, public, business, academic, government networks, and local users exist all on the Internet. There is no centralised governance when it comes to the internet and the access or usage policies. ISPs buy space from the “Internet” and sell it to you. Obviously more computers can be added to the main computer network, but that doesn’t mean there will be more to go around. Already there are 2.1 billion users on the Internet. This was as of 2011. Now that another year has started there are bound to be more.

It is one of the reasons things are beginning to change with the internet. Given the amount of data being stored on the net more and more domains and nape spaces are being resold in order to make space. Old files are being deleted to make way for new all the time. Eventually changes will have to be made to account for the numerous users that will be added in the following years. There are likely to be thousands more logging on, which means something has to change with the availability of actual Internet. Until something can be done about the real limits to the infrastructure itself there will be fair usage policies. Even if you want to set up your own internet company, you would be buying off “The Internet”. The point is fair usage policies exist, so find the best one for you and your mobile broadband package.

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