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What are Data Caps?

What are Data Caps?

Internet data (or bandwidth) caps are monthly limits on the amount of data an Internet user can upload or download over his/her paid connection; sometimes data caps can discourage Internet use and the innovative applications the Internet can spawn. Internet service providers (ISPs) apply data caps to service plans to prevent individual users from consuming the entire data capacity over a cable or shared resource. Many ISPs offer shared data plans meaning that the total amount of data used in a billing period (2Gb, 4Gb, 6Gb, 8Gb, or 10Gb) is divided among many different users.

Source: Information from Wisconsin’s Broadband Reference Guide produced by: WI Public Service Commission, UW-Extension Madison, and the Center for Community Technology Solutions, January 2014

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