Sprint to throttle heavy data users in congested areas

Shawn Knight

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If you happen to be a Sprint wireless subscriber with a heavy data appetite and live in a congested area, things are about to go from bad to worse on the download front. That's because the carrier has started informing...

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jobeard

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Interesting. Quite sad it's performed on a monthly basis, as the QoS to make this work is easily performed in the router, real time. IMO, it ought to be dynamic throttling of the current router bandwidth (ie top 5% current data usage) and that would be very democratic and not discriminatory. Perhaps someday - - -
 

Cycloid Torus

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Does NOT work for me unless 'shaping' means less than a 20-25% reduction. Hey, FCC, where's the competition? Let's get with the competition, huh!?!
 

jobeard

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Does NOT work for me unless 'shaping' means less than a 20-25% reduction.
I assume you refer to a consequence of shaping video streaming and yeah, that's a disaster in the making at some threshold. All other uses (eg email, surffing, uploading) would only see performance delays which should not matter.
 

Red87

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WTF 5GB is nothing thats like watching 3 netflex movies in HD

The keyword here was wireless. This is talking about 5GB of cell phone data, not home internet. Here where I live you get unlimited data, but if you hit your soft-cap (5GB) you are throttled to 256Kbps (Yes, kilobits, not kilobytes) until your next pay period. This is pretty common.