Common Internet Terms
Unlimited, Capped, and Throttling
Internet plans are described in a lot of ways, and if you’re not familiar with all of the industry-specific terminology that technology companies are using nowadays, it can sometimes get confusing when you’re trying to compare “apples to apples.”
Here’s a simple explanation of some of the more common yet sometimes confusing terms many internet providers use.
We all know what “unlimited” is supposed to mean, but many internet providers say their internet plans are unlimited while adding an asterisk and fine print underneath it. Before signing up for an unlimited plan, it’s a good idea to research if there are any limitations or strings attached. Unlimited at MTA really means unlimited. If you’re on one of MTA’s unlimited internet plans, we promise you’ll never get charged overage fees for using too much internet, and your plan will never be throttled (we’ll talk more about that later).
All internet plans are either unlimited (meaning there’s no data limit) or they’re capped. Capped plans mean you’ll have a set amount of internet you’re allowed to use. If you don’t use the internet very often, having a capped plan with a set internet limit lets you pay less for using less.
Internet throttling is something many Alaska internet users have experienced, but you might not have realized that there was a word for it. Throttling usually happens when you’re close to reaching your capped internet plan’s monthly limit. Instead of charging overage fees for going over your monthly usage allowance, sometimes cable companies will slow your internet way down – usually to nearly unusable speeds. That extreme slow down on your internet speed is called throttling. MTA never throttles our internet customers!
Those are the main terms used to describe internet plans. MTA offers Alaskans the only truly unlimited internet plans on the market. And if you don’t think your household uses enough internet to need an unlimited plan, we also offer capped plans with rolling gigs, and we never, ever throttle your internet speed.
If you’d like to learn about MTA Internet by talking to a friendly, local expert, feel free to give us a call: (907)-745-6821