What determines speed in liberty data use

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I am considering the libertly play.  My question is about what determines the speed when in the liberty data.  Is it always the traffic on the beam or does it get slower as one uses more and more data.

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Sue Smith

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Christine Conrad, Champion

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Sue, on the Liberty Plan, speeds will always be dependent on the network traffic on your beam. That being said, while you are your priority data, that speed will be pretty fast. Once you exceed your priority data, you will be on the Liberty Pass, where speeds will be in the 1 to 5 Mbps during the morning and afternoon hours, but during the evening hours, speeds could drop very low, sometimes making it difficult to even load some web pages. When on the pass, your priority is going to be lower than the other users in your beam who are still within their data allotment for the month. I have no complaints with how my speeds are when I am on the Pass, sometimes it is slow in the evenings, so I try to limit my use of the internet when that happens.
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xode0000, Champion

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During the evening hours, when you said that speeds could drop very low, have you seen speeds below 150 Kbps (about 3X dial up) and for how long?
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Markgc, Champion

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Generally the low speeds are going to be between 6pm and 11pm. After 11pm things start to speed up again.  How slow it gets will depend upon how busy your beam is.
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What is the slowest you have seen it get between 6pm and 11pm?  This will give me some idea of what to expect.
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While on Liberty Pass, I have seen 450 Kbps around 8 p.m. a few times. Usually it is close to 1 Mbps.
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xode0000, Champion

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450 Kbps is actually quite good, especially if it's on the low end of the speeds you see.  Considering that I keep the network adapter that my windows uses throttled at 150 Kbps, this likely means that I wouldn't see any difference in my normal day to day internet usage if I were to go into liberty pass mode.

The thing that bothers me the most about this data usage problem are companies like Microsoft with their data burners like windows 10, and various IT departments of websites that you end up needing to use that try to force you into using windows 10.  For example, some of the most detestable statements I have heard are: "if Microsoft doesn't support it, we can't either;" and "We don't support linux, only Apple and windows."
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