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BT Retail to remove Fair Usage Policy controls in April

BT Retail has operated a combination of traffic management and Fair Usage Policies on its BT Total and BT Infinity products for some time, and April 2011 will see the biggest relaxation seen in this area for a while. The retail arm of the BT Group has announced that the users who see their usage restricted at the 300GB a month mark will from April see no change in their download and upload speeds as they cross this mythical barrier. This is being achieved by the removal of the Fair Usage Policy that targeted individuals. Instead the firm will rely on traffic management that will restrict certain applications/protocols when the network is busy.

"As BT continues to invest in the network and network bandwidth we can now remove these restrictions and ensure the experience of the wider customer base. On completion there will be no individual user controls targeted at atypical users on our BT Total Broadband and BT Infinity products."

Mayuresh Thavapalan, General Manager, Consumer Broadband BT Retail

It must be pointed out that users on the BT Total Option 1, BT Total Option 2 and BT Infinity Option 1 products will still see charges being applied for going over their limits, but apparently traffic will not be managed.

In terms of stats, BT Total has said that less than 0.5% (approximately 28,000) of its users were restricted at the 300GB a month level. To put that amount into perspective, it is the equivalent of downloading at 1Mbps constantly every hour of every day in a month.

Source: thinkbroadband


Except that you pay for 40mb/s and apparently, you're only allowed to use 0.025 of this advertised capacity.

How about BT will lower their prices to 1/40'th of what it currently charges? Or stop offering fake ADSL tiers, if their core network can only handle 1mb/s.