Majority of Smart Bro Canopy (now myBro) subscribers are experiencing slow connections, which just started this April.

From the normal 180KB/s, they’re now down to just 20+KB/s. Apparently, PLDT has started implementing a Fair Usage Policy (FPU). It basically says that when subscribers reach the optimum volume allocation for a single user, they will lower your speed. This lowering of speed is also known as bandwidth capping or bandwidth throttling.

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Users of torrent softwares are also included in the said FUP — “The service level and/or connectivity to users of peer-to-peer and machine-to-machine software/applications is modulated to ensure that all customers get the best fixed wireless Internet experience.”

Based on our research, the monthly bandwidth allocation for Smart Bro/myBro subs is only 15GB. If you have downloaded that much data before the month ends then you will experience a slowdown with your connection. Your normal speed will return the following month.

A lot of subscribers want to ditch their connection because of this but they are under contract with Smart/PLDT via the lock-in period (24 months).

If you plan to avail of a myBro plan, you may want to think again until they scrap the Fair Usage Policy. Try other ISPs instead like BayanTel or Sky Broadband. Do your research first.

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