Sky Broadband fair usage policy

Wednesday 17th April, 2013 By
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How does a fair use policy affect my broadband usage? Does Sky Broadband have a fair usage policy? And what are the download limits for Sky Broadband packages?

Sky broadband: Fair usage policy

A fair use policy is often imposed on customers to curb the activity of people downloading so much that they slow down other people's internet connections. These users are usually people who enjoy serious online gaming or who use file-sharing sites to download huge files day in, day out.

The fair usage policy is normally only called into action in extreme cases. If your internet provider wants to impose its policy on you, you will be given a fair warning but, in theory, it means that if your internet use is causing problems, your provider has the right to terminate your connection.

Sky broadband: Download limits

When purchasing broadband from Sky, there is a choice of three different internet packages. Each comes with its own download allowance:

  • Sky Broadband Lite - Free to all Sky TV customers taking a Sky Talk home phone deal, Sky Broadband Lite offers a small download limit of 2GB a month. This is ideal for light and occasional users who just want to be able to browse the web and use email.
  • Sky Broadband Unlimited - This package offers "truly unlimited" download. With most other "unlimited" broadband on the market, a fair usage policy means you can be penalised if your excessive downloads risk slowing down other customers' connections.
  • Sky Broadband Connect - A broadband package for customers living outside of Sky's own network area. Sky Broadband Connect offers a 40GB monthly download allowance, which should be enough for the majority of home broadband users.

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