Neil Turner's Blog

Blogging about technology and randomness since 2002

NTL changes their user policy

Okay, so I did find this on BlogDex, but it was the exception to the rule.
Anyway, NTL, who provide my parents with broadband internet, have changed their user policy. It restricts you to downloading a maximum of 1GB of data per day, and also makes the use of wireless networks for connecting people outside of your home a violation of the terms of services.
Ecademy and Fractured Perceptions provide some thoughtful pointers on the subject, with the general concensus that very few people are actually going to notice this limit. It’s not even capped – you can go over the limit, but if you do it persistently then action may be taken – at least, this is what I gather from what I have read.
I’ve probably managed to break that limit twice in over a year of having broadband – in both cases, this was caused by me downloading Linux ISOs, which are in the region of 700MB each. Two of those in a day would take you well over the limit. But that’s the point – it’s only happened to me twice, and I was quite a heavy user of broadband – anyone else would have real trouble getting that high.
There doesn’t appear to be a limit on outgoing transfers either, though this is already limited to 128Kbps to discourage you from running servers. Still, it would be possible to generate over 1GB of transfer in a day that way.
As for home networks – you’re only supposed to have 1 computer connected at a time – if you want more then you should be using the Business Broadband packages. However, routers are supported, but you are advised to use no more than 3 computers, and these won’t be supported by NTL. Fair enough, but I don’t see how NTL is going to police this.
But, in general, it appears there’s going to be no real difference. Of course, the fact that I’m finding this out via BlogDex and not via some official channel of communication from NTL is a little disturbing, but hey, you can’t have everything.

Comments are closed.