Throttling. Why is this still a thing? You can purchase software online now and they can be big downloads

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Throttling only exists on the Unlimited Data and Flat Rate data plans. As with all wireless plans offered by MTS they are subject to the Fair Use Policy. Currently, the Fair Use Policy reduces your speed after you have used 15 GB of data in a billing period until the start of your next billing cycle.
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With all the wonders of modern technology with LTE speeds in excess of 100 Mb/ sec, you kind of wonder why throttling is still needed? The industry answer is that throttling is supposedly deployed because network resources are limited. The network is congested and there is not enough bandwidth for all the users. The so called abusers (unlimited?) are then limited by speed reduction.

mts chooses to limit their "Flat Rate Plan" wireless network abusers to a speed that is virtually unusable, not far off the good old "dial up" days of yesteryear. mts no longer offers "Unlimited Data" as it once did because you are now crippled by this limitation. The name was then changed from "Unlimited Data"  because too many ISP's in the US were successfully sued by several government agencies for false advertising.

The real answer why throttling is used, is that it is far more profitable not to provide long overdue upgrades, and to force people onto a more lucrative plan with metered per GB $$$ rate, and then charge exorbitant overage charges. You can get as much as you want if you pay more! 

Yes, congestion is a huge problem at many locations with mts, and not just wireless networks, but the nature of congestion is that it is only a problem at peak usage times. Why not throttle ONLY when there is congestion problem and not 24/7 as mts does? Offsetting data usage is a valuable tool that is never used because it is not profitable. In reality, mts's version of throttling is nothing but a money grab!
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It is not called unlimited data anymore its now called Flat-Rate Data. I wouldn't call throttling a money grab as it does not cost you anymore money. I'll be honest if there was no throttling, I would cancel my landline internet and be tethering none stop. But we cannot have that or it will bog down the wireless network very quick.
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Something else to keep in mind is other wireless companies give you a data bucket, like the 15 GB of unrestricted speed MTS gives it flat-rate customers, but when you go past your allocation you then pay $15 per portion of a GB used. MTS offers there customers an opportunity to avoid those additional, and sometimes unexpected, costs with a fixed priced plan by lowering speeds after your data bucket is used up. If you want fully unrestricted speeds regardless of the costs MTS has those plans too. It is up to the customer to choose the plan that best meets their needs.