Internet Usage Allowance
The demand for faster home broadband service has skyrocketed, as we all find more ways to enjoy the Internet. Downloading movies, gaming and the number of mobile Internet devices being used in the home have an impact on how much bandwidth is used.
Crestview currently offers four levels of Internet service. Our goal is to provide each customer with the opportunity to choose the Internet service level that best meets their individual needs and budget. Each level of service has bandwidth usage allowances, for upstream and for downstream. Crestview monitors bandwidth to help ensure customers receive the quality of service they are paying for. Downstream data is content coming from the Internet to your computer/device. Upstream data is what you send out to the Internet.
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There is no additional charge for exceeding your monthly usage allowance. However, doing so will result in an automatic and dramatic slowdown in your Internet service until the first day of the next month when full speed service is restored.
To make you aware of your bandwidth consumption and give you time to avoid a service slowdown, Crestview will notify you by email at your crestviewcable.com address if you reach 90% of your monthly usage allowance. That email will be the only way we notify you. If you do not have a crestviewcable.com email address, email us at email@example.com or call and we will create one for you.
To avoid a slowdown in service you can consciously reduce your bandwidth consumption for the rest of the month or upgrade to a new level of service to meet your needs. By upgrading, you receive a larger monthly bandwidth allowance and faster Internet speed.
How to Manage Your Bandwidth Usage
Certain activities on the Internet will lead to greater consumption of your usage allowance. For example, downloading or streaming music and videos uses more bandwidth than email or general Web surfing:
- Streaming a full-length HD movie would use 4 to 5 GBs (gigabytes) of bandwidth. A standard definition movie uses half that amount.
- Streaming 24 hours of music uses about 1 GB of bandwidth.
- Sending and receiving thousands of emails, even with attachments, doesn’t use much bandwidth so you probably would not reach your limit.