Airtel has introduced a new policy called the “Fair Usage Policy” (FUP) that seeks to curb the amount you download using ‘unlimited’ internet plans. They are saying that people are using too much of the internet and thus they need to reduce their downloads/speed, rather than upgrade their own infrastructure and equipment.
Eg: If you have an unlimited plan that is, say, 512kbps in speed, after a certain cap they will halve your speed to 256kbps for the rest of the month while charging you the same amount that they have been charging you till now for 512kbps for the whole month!!! Essentially they are giving you less (up to 45% less) service but for the same price!!! And the cap can be reached in as quick as 5-6 days if you are a heavy user.
You can download the “Fair Usage Policy” PDF file.
If you are against this “Fair Usage Policy” introduced by Airtel then you can join the Airtel Broadband “Fair Usage Policy” Protest Petition. This petition is being managed by the users of the India Broadband Forum which they will be sending to Mr. Sunil Bharti Mittal, Chairman & Managing Director, Bharti Airtel Ltd. after obtaining a significant number of signatures.
Please do read the petition as well as the other information that is on their site, make up your own mind, and sign it if you agree with it. This can make Airtel think more to this problem.
Oh man…this sucks. I’ve been such a huge fan of AIrtel’s Internet Services over the last couple of years. They have the best customer service and probably the most stable connection out of all the service providers in India. It’s a shame that they had to introduce a draconic measure like this to limit the users who are bringing them the highest moolah. I’m surely signing up for this petition though!!!
stupid service!!! i’ve had airtel engineers visiting my place n they cudnt identify tht y the speed goes down to 256 from 512! i pay 799 of rent for this crap!!! fair usage policy isn’t so fair!
fair usage policy is crap i have been using airtel from almost 1 year and now i switching back to sify broadband i can’t live with 256kbps 🙁