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    Sky To Enforce Usage Caps?

    This is a discussion on Sky To Enforce Usage Caps? within the Sky news and announcements forums, part of the SkyUser Announcements category; Unofficial We have been reliably informed this evening that Sky are considering / or about to start clamping down on ...

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      Sky To Enforce Usage Caps?

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      We have been reliably informed this evening that Sky are considering / or about to start clamping down on the Heavy Users / Downloaders.

      Although this is totally unofficial, and is sure to start many a thread on 'How dare they?' I feel that this is only fair. Sky allow it's users a more than adequate FUP / Download Allowance.

      • Connect - 40GB
      • Base - 2GB
      • Mid - 40GB
      • MAX - Unofficially 250GB


      For the price that Sky charge, absolutely no one imho could possibly complain as to the restrictions or enforcing this in the future. You only have to compare other Broadband Providers to see that these limits (bear in mind the pricing) are good value for money.

      Of course we will see people complain about this, that is human nature, but at the end of the day, we all agreed that those limits that were publicised were acceptable, otherwise we would not have accepted the Terms and Conditions.

      The biggest problem, that I personally have with this, is that Sky really need to provide a way of measuring a User's usage. Or even at least provide the tools for the User to do so him / herself.

      We have read reports on SkyUser whereby Sky's customers have hammered their Broadband connections, with one user regularly downloading over 1TB of data a month, just for the sake of it.

      We all knew this was to come, and I suppose we expected it, but Sky really do need to think this through and maybe issue a 3 strike system, or let people know their usage in a user friendly way.

      Update: We are not sure if this will apply to everyone, or indeed only those that take the mickey out of their Broadband Connections. We also do not know the consequences, as to whether those that abuse the FUP would then be restricted or kicked off.
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      Re: Sky To Enforce Usage Caps?

      I agree, I'm on max and tbh with my usage I could probably get away with being on mid. However when I want something, such as a dl game from steam/ealink I want it quick so thats why I pay for max. Over 1TB a month tho is outrageous. If sky do implement this, and as stated we all signed up and agreed to the limits, then I would like / hope to see them offer some form of monitoring tool which would inform users that they are getting close to their limit thus allowing them to back off for a while. With the advent of skyplayer and bbc/itv's similar offerings they are actually encouraging greater usage.


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      Re: Sky To Enforce Usage Caps?

      I voted yes BUT because the result " *MAX - Unofficially 250GB" is a bit of a grey area, it could be 500GB, 750GB or even as little as 100GB, who knows? so until Sky mention a ballpark figure, who's to know what the limit is, but, as for Mid etc.. it STATES 40GB etc.. and those packages should be enforced if customers are taking the micheal. I dont mind a bit of.. oops I downloaded 45GB this month on it, but Downloading for example 150GB on that package isn't right
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      Re: Sky To Enforce Usage Caps?

      " *MAX - Unofficially 250GB" is a bit of a grey area,
      Even if it was at 250GB - That's more than an acceptable limit. I agree though, there should be a ceiling set in stone.

      But at the end of the day, I find it hard to go over 10GB a month and I am on MAX. I watch Youtube, iPlayer, Game, and the occasional torrent.


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      Re: Sky To Enforce Usage Caps?

      It had to happen sooner or later, and i don't see how anyone can complain really, although there's bound to be a few! I do agree however that there should be a stated limit.
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      Re: Sky To Enforce Usage Caps?

      ugh. just when i get told im over-using my other broadband

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      Re: Sky To Enforce Usage Caps?

      the most ive ever used with myself and 3 teenagers sharing 2 pc/laptops's is 20gb but i went for max for the increased speed and even then i saved £8 per month over previous 1mb package on old isp

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      Re: Sky To Enforce Usage Caps?

      With the current out-dated infrastructure I don't think they can't enforce caps, but not what VM have done. However, I think this should be based on the average over a 12 month period. There might be 2 or 3 days p/m we're I excessively use it, but others where I hardly use it. So to be punished for over use in the minority without being rewarded for under use would be unfair.

      Until we get Fiber-to-the-home (and I don't think we can avoid it), this will always be a problem. If the powers-that-be decide against Fiber-to-the-home, then they may as well not bother changing as we will be in the same situation in 10 years time. I also think synchronous connections should be the standard. I would rather have say 10Mb up/down, than 100Mb down and 1Mb up.

      Look at some countries offering 100Mb. I struggle to get a reliable 6Mb connection. And BT's 21CN only allows for 24Mb. Come on!! Britain one of the world leaders? No chance!!!

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      Re: Sky To Enforce Usage Caps?

      Why average over a year when the limit is monthly? As long as you do not repeatedly break your limit each month you will be fine either way.

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      Re: Sky To Enforce Usage Caps?

      Personally I think until Sky offer the facility to track your usage online enforcing this should be light touch - so warnings only.

      We have all seen the questions asking how do I track my ps3/360/wii downloads, and the answer is you can't yet.

      Would be very interesting to see what would happen if they were charged by any ISP for going over their limit, yet had no way of tracking it, and took it to court.

      I do hammer my connection a bit, not to 250gb a month, but quite high, deffo over the 40gb from mid, but that's why I went with max.
      Do think that saying unlimited, but having a limit isn't right, if you have a limit say it. That way people know what they can do, when they need to slow down, and what to expect if they go over it.

     

     
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