5 Things About Unthrottled Internet You May Not Have Known

Posted by David Garza on

Most people find the concept of unthrottled Internet quite confusing. Understanding what is involved in a throttled Internet helps you know when your ISP intentionally slows down your connection. Here is a look at five things you may not know about unthrottled Internet.

#1: Unlimited Internet is not Unthrottled Internet

Having unlimited Internet is not the same thing as having unthrottled Internet. You may be subscribed to unlimited Internet but still face the frustrations of a slow Internet. This is what we call bandwidth throttling – the reaction taken by your ISP to slow down your Internet on a congested network intentionally. In other words, the carrier could offer unlimited Internet but still keep speeds low after hitting a given data limit.

When subscribing to an ISP’s unlimited Internet package, it is paramount to confirm their bandwidth throttling approach. That’s because bandwidth throttling interferes with unlimited data plans. Whereas unlimited plans would allow you to download as many movies as you want, unthrottled Internet ensures you have the speeds to do so.

#2: There Are No Rules Against Internet Throttling

There is a concept called Net Neutrality that you need to be aware of while discussing Internet throttling. Net Neutrality holds that Internet Service Providers should not limit any data access and permit others. This is the same approach that throttling following.

As good as Net Neutrality sounds, it was halted in 2017. That meant ISPs were given the liberty to practice throttling at their discretion. The advocators of Net Neutrality believe that throttling hinders the progression of the Internet. Had it been practiced in the early 2000s, we would not have innovations such as Netflix and YouTube.

#3: Not all ISPs Practice Internet Throttling

Even though there are ISPs known for regularly throttling connections, not all Internet Service Providers perform these deeds. If you are currently on an ISP that keeps cutting down your speeds, that may be a wakeup call to move to Nomad Internet.

At Nomad Internet, we believe that you should get value for what you pay. For that reason, we offer high-speed Internet connection, devoid of the throttling effect.

#4: VPN-test is the Best Test for Internet Throttling

You can carry a test to find out whether or not your Internet is being throttled. To do so, first, run a speed test. Note the speeds registered, then activate your VPN and run another test to see the rates registered.

You can run a speed test with any of the free online tools available. Remember that most ISPs are capable of detecting speed tests and manipulating them for inaccurate results. Thus, you need to activate a reliable VPN to run a more reliable test. The VPN forces your ISP to treat all your traffic as equal, hence get a clear picture of your situation.

#5: You Can Stop Internet Throttling

The fact that ISPs are free to perform Internet throttling does not mean you do not control the situation. You can stop the act by signing up to a reputable VPN. However, if you do not plan on incurring the extra cost, you may consider shifting to an ISP known to provider unthrottled connections – Nomad Internet.



2 comments


  • Similar to James’ comment, we’re seeing greatly varying speed test results, but it’s dependent on the time of day. AT&T is either throttling or simply doesn’t have enough capacity at the tower we use through our Nomad Internet 4G router. It’s most likely the latter. We installed the SureCall Flare 3.0 Cell Phone Signal Booster for Home with the Yagi Antenna Configuration, and it greatly improved the signal but didn’t improve the speed test results very much.
    Since we’re not a direct AT&T customer, can Nomad work with AT&T to convince them to increase their capacity?

    Bill Smith on

  • Hi David,
    Interesting article. Point 4…the throttling piece. I am a recent convert over to NOMAD internet, however the mbps downloads and vary wildly. I ready your article around 12noon Est today and I ran several (7) back to back speed tests on speedstest.net using a VPN, and the speeds varied from highest 7.50mbps to lowest 2.16mbps. I turned the VPN off and ran 3 tests but again it was mixed speeds.. All within a 15 minute period today. This is not “throttling” but the speed varies greatly and is inconsistent. It is the equivalent of throttling -where the bandwidth is reduced/restricted and the speed slows down. I would much prefer to have the speed be consistent at 4mbps frequently, rather than mixed speeds.
    What can you do/suggest to make NOMAD internet more consistent speed?
    James

    JAMES MCCREA on

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