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Bandwidth Hog

What Does Bandwidth Hog Mean?

Bandwidth hog is a slang term for Internet users who use substantially more bandwidth than other users on the same network. Simply put, bandwidth hogs generally download more content than other users.


Bandwidth hogs are also known as heavy Internet users.

Techopedia Explains Bandwidth Hog

The term bandwidth hog is fraught with controversy. Many heavy Internet users see the term as an excuse for Internet service providers (ISPs) to throttle speeds and cap transfers on unlimited Internet plans. The ISPs contest that bandwidth hogs represent a congestion problem and should be billed incrementally after a certain amount of downloading. There is currently no public data that shows heavy users are the cause of network congestion.


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