Do data caps punish the wrong users? A bandwidth usage reality check

This report, subtitled “A bandwidth reality check”, has required a thorough and complex job of data analysis. This is a data driven report in which we analyse real time DSL network usage statistics from a partner ISP on a user-by-user basis. This analysis was performed to try and identify which users are the most disruptive in terms of network congestion, how they can be identified and if commonly used methods of traffic flow management (and data caps in particular) are fair and effective.

The findings are particularly enlightening. This report is a must read for regulators and policy makers looking at assessing traffic management measures implemented by ISPs, for ISPs considering various means to alleviate congestion in their networks, but also for consumer protection associations looking to understand the price impacts of data caps.