• What is the FAP and why does it exist?
The goal of the Fair Access Policy is to help ensure that all StarBand customers receive a high quality of service. By monitoring and regulating bandwidth
consumption according to consumption levels specified in the company's AUPs and FAPs, StarBand will help improve the network for everyone.
• How is the FAP monitored?
To help ensure that all members have fair and equal use of the benefits of the service and to protect the integrity of the service, StarBand reserves the right,
and will take necessary steps, to prevent excessive consumption of bandwidth. By regulating this excessive consumption, StarBand can improve upload and download speeds,
congestion and VSAT capacity for all of our customers. Please note that the FAP thresholds are only monitored between the hours of 6:00am and 12:00am.
• What causes my system to use too much bandwidth?
Customers may or may not be aware of when they are using high amounts of bandwidth. Intended causes of high bandwidth consumption may include uploading and
downloading large files and networking additional computers to access the service. Some unintended causes of high bandwidth consumption may include viruses,
worms, malicious code and downloads that occur with web browsing. By monitoring activity, StarBand can identify when customers are using excessive bandwidth,
whether it is intentional or not.
• How can I view my bandwidth usage and limits?
StarBand has created an automated process that enables members to see real-time bandwidth utilization reports. Customers can see how much bandwidth they
have used and how close they are to their limits simply by logging into the StarBand customer portal and clicking on My Account. Customers can also call
StarBand technical support with any questions.
• How do I know if I am adhering to the FAP?
Customers who are close to exceeding their assigned bandwidth usage for a rolling period of seven days will be sent a warning message via a web message
and via their StarBand email account. Customers who exceed their assigned bandwidth usage for a rolling period of seven days will again be notified via
a web message and via their StarBand email account. The web message will specify that the customers’ speeds will be temporarily reduced until the customers’
seven day rolling average drops below the ‘exit limit’. The customer's normal high-speed access (as specified in the customer’s contract) will be restored
after that time period. Because there is a seven-day monitoring period, customers are not penalized for one-time or occasional bandwidth bumps unless the
total for the entire seven days is very high. In addition, customers get one free pass to remove the restriction by calling StarBand customer service and
requesting a restriction removal. Customers who repeatedly use excessive bandwidth and have received multiple warnings may be suspended from using StarBand
services for a specified period of time.