Heavy-use broadband packages are offered by a number of broadband providers and are aimed at the growing market of people who are downloading large amounts of data every month.
Each broadband provider has a different way of defining what constitutes heavy use of broadband or data. But generally, those using their broadband all day and during evening peak-time periods to download large files — such as movies, songs and video clips — are heavy users.
As communication, work and gaming increasingly move online, download limits are a constraint that no longer needs to be endured. As you’ve been browsing through the site, you’ve probably noticed a number of internet service providers (ISPs) that offer an ‘unlimited’ download allowance.
Heavy users should consider:
Many of these packages are subject to fair usage policies or FUPs. These policies attempt to make sure that all internet users within any one exchange get fair access to the internet.
They do this by restricting the speed of excessive users, following a warning, during peak times. Excessive users are a minority and include those who use peer-to-peer software and download large files (such as movies) on a regular basis. For more information, refer to our guide on what is a fair usage policy.
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