I recently received a question regarding Allied Telesis and why we have data caps on our internet service on base. We realize that online gaming, communication, video streaming, etc. is an integral part of our daily lives, but the fact is that bandwidth is not an unlimited nor a free resource.
Command leadership is dedicated to providing the best living conditions for our members, so we work closely with AAFES and Allied Telesis, who are responsible for providing commercial internet service to Yokota, to make sure we’re providing the best services we can.
They determined that fair usage values are the best method to control internet usage abuse, and protect the resources available for the majority of Yokota members. If unrestricted, abuse by a small percentage of customers impacts all customers.
Some examples of abuse include:
-Customers sharing service. For example, one dorm resident signs up for service and shares connection with many others.
-Customer has malware or other services acting as servers that take a disproportionate amount of bandwidth. For example, file sharing and torrent services.
-Customers leave streaming HD video running even when they are not in the room watching the service.
It is important for us to be good stewards of all resources, including internet usage. Allied Telesis determined that limiting the amount of data any one customer can use ensures everyone on Team Yokota has access to the same quality of service. This is about being part of a team, and we have to share the finite amount of internet available to use here at Yokota.
I appreciate the question and the opportunity to share this information with everyone who may have had similar concerns.
Col Kenneth Moss
Commander, 374 Airlift Wing