Self-throttling option

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It would be great to allow users to put their modem into throttled speed manually so they can save their full speed data allowance for tasks or activities which actually require it.  Why should I wait till I excede my limit to browse at capped speeds?

Why not just flip a digital switch on the web interface and throttle it myself so I can save up my high speed allowance for the things requiring it, such as video calls with family on the other side of the world!
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Brian Shackelford

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While I think this is a great idea, it would essentially kill the whole premise in offering the Liberty Plan. Otherwise just about everyone would keep in Pass mode until the congested periods and the kick in Priority Data during the congested times. The ability to throttle down users in the evenings to limit congestion when they are on Liberty Pass is why these plans should work well. It would seem Exede would want you to use up your priority data as quickly as possible so then you can be throttled down. That is why I think it is somewhat humorous to offer 25 Mbps download speeds in some areas with the same Priority data caps. At 25 Mbps you can burn through that data fast.

Just my random thoughts on the issue.
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While I very much like the idea of having some control over my usage, such as you suggest, I can see that there could then be the problems Brian is describing...
BUT here is another idea:....if I could buy a plan that was cheaper for me but with only max speeds of 1-5Mbps--why I would do that!  Since the ONLY thing I do that eats a lot of data is some streaming on netflix, the slower speeds shouldn't stop me from doing that (I do it all the time now during congested periods when my speeds are that low--without even any buffering since I don't use HD)  wouldn't that lessen congestion if a lot of customers had that kind of plan, with no period at all of "priority" so much higher than the 1-5?  And my 10Gb or whatever would last that much longer at the slower speeds, so for me, a win-win.

But would need to be enough customers who could "make do" with the 1-5 Speeds, but since you can stream the mighty and ever popular Netflix with those speeds, maybe a lot of people would go for a plan like that at less money per month...