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So you say it’s conjestion when internet is slow but when priorities reset it’s like 10mbps during peak times. And I’m on the same beam as people who have used up their data up.
Then that means peak doesn’t exist and they have complete control over my speeds.
Is that true? Explain.
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Peak usage slowdown can, and often does, happen, as everyone with satellite internet knows all too well.  How badly it affects someone depends on a few different different things, but most notably how many people are online at the same time, not only on a given beam and gateway, but on the system, as a whole.  The activities people are performing come into play, as well.   Peak usage slowdown can vary greatly.  

When someone has used up their data and they are being throttled, or someone has crossed the threshold at which they are subject to prioritization, peak usage slowdown can have even more of an effect on them.  This, again, can vary greatly.  
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What it means is that when your data resets you are no longer subject to throttling and/or prioritization. Some plans simply throttle (classic plans), other plans prioritize you behind other users who haven't exceeded their allowance (unlimited), and some plans do both (i.e. Liberty).

Regardless of what method is used your requests get pushed to the back of the service queue each and every time there someone else comes along who hasn't exceeded their allowance (preemptive queuing). You spend the majority of your time waiting in line along with all the others who have exceeded their allowance until those ahead of you are serviced.

Once your data resets, you immediately get to join the first-in, first-out line - but even during peak usage periods when congestion occurs, that part of the line moves slower than normal due to simple demand exceeding capacity.

Unlike certain all-you-can eat buffets, you don't get to hog the buffet line if you've already eaten and those who haven't eaten get to load up first regardless of your place in line. Hopefully a busload of people who haven't eaten yet doesn't pull into the parking lot.  Once they've been served, you get to go back for seconds - unfortunately the Viasat buffet table is too small for the number of customers during dinner time and we get another buffet table in a couple of years with Viasat-3.

Some will view this as fair, while others will view it as unfair... you make the call.  

Regardless, this is why most many of us work diligently to stay within our data allowances knowing that it's painful, but some of us also have the flexibility to avoid peak usage periods altogether if we're subjected to (de)prioritization (e.g. Liberty plans or classic plans having a free zone) and head to the buffet during off hours.
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