If you are subscribing to any broadband services in India make sure you check their FUP or Fair usage policy, if applicable. There are however, some broadband services in India like the MTNL Broadband (Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited) that do not have a FUP.
FUP is what the customer care or the agent will not talk about so it is your responsibility to check and make sure before your get any connection. But what exactly is a Fair Usage Policy and how does it affect me?

What is Fair usage policy (FUP)

In simple words the FUP (Fair Usage Policy) means that even though you may subscribe to an unlimited broadband plan say for example 512 kbps unlimited per month, and if your usage is very high and crosses a certain cap as decided by the broadband provider your connection speed will then be reduced to 256 kbps for the remaining month.

Broadband fair usage policy in India
Broadband fair usage policy in India

Why are Broadband providers implementing FUP?

If you have a 512 kbps unlimited connection for a month and say for example you use the services for a full month, 24 hours a day, you will be using a lot of bandwidth. Now imagine many consumers doing the same. This will stall the whole network which is not up to date, resulting in drop in connection or slow connections. The broadband service providers are not able to handle too many simultaneous users and neither do they have advanced/ upgraded technology to do so, hence they have come up with the FUP crap.

Furthermore they want to earn more money by fooling the consumers with a higher plan but in fact giving less bandwidth if usage is more, at the same time using their old outdated network and not investing for an upgrade.

So if you pay say Rs. 750 for a 512 kbps unlimited connection for a month with FUP terms, after few days if your usage is more you will be running on a 256 kbps speed for the rest of the month yet you have already been changed Rs. 750 for the whole month @ 512 kbps.

The Indian Broadband service providers are not honest. They could have kept the cap limit (usage) and then charged the customer for 256 kbps when their connection is slowed down.

There is a lot of competition in the broadband market so next time any unlimited scheme excites you make sure you check the FUP, you may not be getting what you are being shown.

Published by Gogi Rana

Founder and Chief Editor - gogi.in

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  1. Very very useful information you have provided it’s great! And keep it up to provide more n more information about networks

  2. railtel internet is provided in the optical fibrecables.it high speed internet.cos is cheeper and reliable

  3. mobile internet providers in my country do this FUP shit, too (I live in Czech Republic).
    1024kbps (1Mbps) and after reaching basic monthly limit of 250MB you go down to fucking 64kbps!! 64kbps is not even usable!!

    You can increase your monthly download limit, but for every additional 250MB download you pay same amount of money that would get you Fiber Optic 100Mbps without any limit!! Assholes.

    Those Mobile operators are so bad, that its much cheaper for people to install WiFi everywhere.

  4. in indonesia we also have that fup. but i prefer use the quota (amount of bandwith use) based which is a bit expensive but faster

  5. Thank you for this. Im from Philippines and i heard that our ISP is having this FUP stuff. Thank you for this!!

  6. When I read this article and scrolled down, there was a ad from the tata photon+ company, claiming 650 Rupees unlimited and I when I checked that I satisfied with this article, the company is giving only 3GB for 650. So I will be going for MTNL. Thanks Gogi Sir

  7. Hi..thnx for the valuable information.. now I know why my net became slow .. and unknowingly I formatted my android for the reason ..

  8. Thank you for the valuable information. Hope people will not get cheated by such a broad band service provider next time when they choose a net card plan…

  9. This is what I am looking for. A FUP at the end of many offers confused me several times. Thanks for this informative article.