With the advent of P2P file sharing programs such as BitTorrent which allow the downloading (and uploading) of extremely large files (with some torrent downloads exceeding 50GB) customers of these ISPs may have to monitor their own bandwidth usage in order to prevent exceeding their limit.
HughesNet uses the Fair Access Policy (FAP), to control bandwidth usage. Their current maximum plan for "Large business" is 1,250 MB in a 24 hour rolling period. Their plan for "home" use is 200 MB. If you exceed your plan's usage in any period of 24 hours (excluding 3AM to 6AM, every day) (also this is not reset at any time) your internet's speed will decrease to slower than the speed of dial-up for 24 hours. HughesNet does not offer warnings about when you approach your limit either (even though they track hourly use which you can see online).
According to an article in THE WEEK in August, 2008, a case against COMCAST was decided by the FCC in favor of NO FAIR ACCESS POLICIES ALLOWED!
No to Internet rationing (copied from THE WEEK, August 2, 2008) Internet service providers cannot ration service to heavy users of the Internet, the Federal Communications Commission ruled this week. The FCC said that Comcast, one of the largest Internet service providers, broke the law when it slowed the transfer of video files among a group of its customers to ensure that other customers had adequate bandwidth. The FCC ruled that Comcast had no right to act as Internet traffic cop.
Spacenet Raises the Bar on Pre-Packaged Satellite Communications with New 5Mbps Service and Industry's Only Minimum Assured Speed.
Nov 05, 2008; Spacenet Inc., one of the world's largest providers of broadband satellite networks, announced that it has increased the speed of...