What are Beam’s Open Internet Policies and how does it manage its Internet service network?
The following includes information regarding our network management practices and the performance and commercial terms of our Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) Internet service, which will enable you to make informed choices when it comes to selecting a provider of broadband services. Beam does not block any lawful content, applications, services, or use of non-harmful devices. Likewise, Beam does not discriminate in transmitting lawful network traffic except as reasonably necessary to manage our network effectively for the benefit of our customers as described below. This document is intended to be informational and does not replace or alter the legal terms and conditions of service, which can be found. here.
Beam’s FWA services are available at different upload and download speeds and price points depending on customer’s desired uses of the connection (e.g. email, web browsing, video and audio streaming, gaming, or downloading large files). While Beam engineers its network to achieve the “up to” speeds for each of the service levels offered, we cannot guarantee that individual customers will always experience those speeds. The following variables (which are often out of Beam’s control) can affect the actual speeds experienced by a customer:
- Performance of a customer’s computer, including its age, processing capability, operating system, the number of applications running simultaneously, and the presence of any adware, malware or viruses.
- Type of connection between a customer’s computer and modem. For example, wireless connections may be slower than direct connections into a router or modem. Wireless connections also may be subject to greater fluctuations, interference and congestion.
- The distance packets travel (round trip time of packets) between a customer’s computer and its final destination on the Internet, including the number and quality of the networks of various operators in the transmission path. The Internet is a “network of networks.” A customer’s connection may cross the networks of multiple providers before reaching its destination, and the limitations of those networks will most likely affect the overall speed of that Internet connection.
- Congestion or high usage levels. If a large number of visitors are accessing a site or particular destination at the same time, your connection will be affected if the site or destination does not have sufficient capacity to serve all of the visitors efficiently. Performance can also be affected due to heavy use of our Internet service by our customers which sometimes results in periods of congestion within our network.
- Gating of speeds or access by the website or destination. In order to control traffic or performance, many websites limit the speeds at which visitors can download material from their sites. Those limitations will carry through to a customer’s connection.
Beam Internet packages do not, at this time, come with data allowances, therefore usage is unlimited (for residential use) at the speed tier to which a customer subscribes.
The metrics provided below reflect results from internal speed tests for each of the service tiers offered by Beam. Tests were conducted from a number of points within the Beam network during the “busy hours”, between 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. weekends. Although performance was measured on what we believe to be an adequate number of sample points on our network, individual experience may vary based on the factors described above. However, it is the best approximation available of the actual speeds and latency experienced by Beam subscribers.1
|Service Tier||25 Mbps||50 Mbps||100 Mbps|
|Mean Download Speed (Mbps)||23.22||45.60||98.66|
|Mean Upload Speed (Mbps)||5.19||8.96||12.41|
|Packet Loss 3||–||–||–|
1Table reports performance data averages collected during “busy hour” and measured by an Eero remote throughput testing feature for all Beam service tiers.
2Latency is the time delay in transmitting or receiving packets on a network and is mainly affected by distance between transmission points, although other variables may be relevant.
3Packet loss is also referred to as frame loss and is the difference between the number of packets transmitted and received at the customer’s interface.
This testing was done through the Amazon Eero application. Although results may differ slight, customers may test the speeds that they are receiving on Beam’s network at http://www.speedtest.net.
Commercial Terms of Internet Service
In order to ensure that our customers receive high quality Internet service, Beam uses various practices to manage our network. The intent of these practices is to help us to give our customers access to sufficient broadband capacity at all times, including during periods of high demand, and to help us protect the network against malware, spam, viruses and other threats originating over the Internet.
Congestion Management Practices
Except as specifically described below, we do not target specific types of traffic based on the nature of the technology or the identity of the provider, modify protocol fields in ways not prescribed by the protocol standard, or otherwise inhibit or favor certain applications or classes of applications. We operate a session border controller to correct Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) source IP addresses (private to public) for our customers. We do not block or manage any specific protocols or protocol ports, except that in rare cases we may block ports or take other corrective action if, for example, a customer has violated the terms of service or acceptable use policy, or in order to protect the network security. For further information regarding prohibited uses, see our Acceptable Use Policy..
Beam uses a number of tools and techniques to protect its network and customers from malicious and unwanted Internet traffic. Because the nature of external threats to the network are constantly evolving, Beam’s network security practices are dynamic and regularly changing. In general, these security practices should not have any effect on our customers’ use of their network connections.
Beam provides an Outdoor Unit terminal (ODU) included with the Beam service. The ODU is required to receive any Beam services. Inside the customer premise, customers may provide their own internet router or use the EERO internet router that is included with the Beam service. .
If you are an existing Beam customer and have any questions or wish to lodge a complaint concerning Beam’s wired Internet services or policies, please contact our Technical Support Department via the placed through the contact form on our website or by calling 540-534-2326.
If your question or complaint involves the performance of your Internet service, please first run a speed test and provide us with the result when you contact us. If you have home network or wireless devices, try plugging your Ethernet cable directly into EERO router from your PC to determine whether your devices are the source of the problem.
If you are not an existing Beam customer, but have a question or complaint regarding our Internet service, please contact us either by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 540-534-2326.