Throttling suggestion

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Ok I'm on viasat1 and Have the silver plan and After I go over 150GB Im throttled to 1mbps in the evening time until my plan starts over! So when beam isnt busy Speeds are normal right? so why not give us a feature to not use priority data in the day time to save on data and then in the evening time when beam is congested we can turn on priority data so speeds are fast! that way we can save on data and not go over 150gb as quick Because after 150gb of data In the evening time I cant do much of anything because Im throttled to sometimes less than 1mbps! just a thought because if speeds are normal when beam isnt congested we should be able to choose to be put behind others and not use our data so we can use it during primetime! Because I dont see my beam being light anytime soon because ppl have no reason to go to viasat2!
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James Paramore

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Well that seems like something you could do yourself. Keep an eye on your data and cut back on your usage when you see you are getting close to the 150. That's what I do. 
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Lately, I've started doing most of my data usage during the free zone on Liberty 12. Since doing so, I never use all of my priority data.

Even with my priority data, I sometimes get speeds as low as 1 mbps and sometimes as high as 14 mbps.

If you are still getting 1 mbps during primetime after using 150 gb of data, I'd say you are doing pretty good. You can still stream with 1 mbps.

I wouldn't mind the ability to reduce my speeds 24/7 like you mentioned, in an effort to conserve priority data, but in all honesty I think it would be a nightmare for Viasat to manage such a thing.

Ultimately the best solution is to adjust your usage. A 150 gb plan is nothing to complain about. The newer plans have much less priority data.
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Martin Seebach

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Stephen, did you lose the sled and dogs? If customer were able to throttle themselves it wouldn't be that much coding to keep track of what they did. Add 2 lookups w/in a table array. Don't give 0(zero) speed as an option. Infinite looping to nowhere. Why can't we customers see plans available online?
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When you work for a software giant, limiting/adjusting your data usage is not an option.  If I develop code all day, and push a software build in the evening, I expect results when I wake up.

We subscribe to unlimited data, we expect unlimited data, and anything else is false advertising.  If you're going to throttle me down to 1Mbps at 150Gb, then I expect a reduction in my bill during this period.

I'm at 5 days, and 50Gb data usage in this cycle, I don't stream, I don't use you for playtime.

Yes, a 150Gb limit is absolutely something to complain about.  We live and work in a big data world, it's time Viasat start acting like a big data provider.
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Never had a sled. The dogs are doing good though.
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Stephen Rice

If you use a Windows based computer and have the Windows Explorer set to show large icons of your pictures, you can right-click on them and rotate them 90 degrees in either direction to make them show correctly, unless you wanted to show a sideways picture.
 
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You should see what it looks like when the dogs are dancing on the ceiling.
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They Have a Button on the account site for some plans to choose to use data saver so they can have one to choose to not use priority data I have used 196gb and my plan starts over Tuesday! so all day today my download speed is less than 1MBPS the past few days though speed has been good enough to watch videos! So all im saying is if they had that feature during the day I could use it and than at night with beam gets full use priorty data and than that way I would most likely not go over 150gb of data and be throttled at night time!
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If they did that, it would be even worse.  Everyone would self throttle during the day while working or emailing.  Then at 6 pm or so, we would all turn on the afterburners and overload the beams.

The throttling isn't so much because they actually throttle you, as it is they keep you from being throttled when you still have data left.  That is why you still get slowed down even when you have 50 percent or more of your data.  Just physically not enough bandwidth.

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Some routers can allow what you are talking about. However, I have had Freedom for 8 months. Don't use video data extender. And only once we hit cap and that was in January. Low the quality for each streaming site. And use ad block. Viasat browser can help too.