What are Shentel’s Open Internet Policies and how does it manage its Internet service network?
Shentel provides Internet services to customers in a number of communities in the southeastern United States. We provide broadband services using three different technologies –Digital Subscriber Line (“DSL”), cable broadband and mobile broadband. Our DSL services are provided only within the Company’s regulated telephone service area located in Shenandoah County, Virginia and parts of Augusta County. Cable broadband is provided over the Company’s cable television networks which deliver video, voice and broadband Internet services to customers located in Southern Virginia, West Virginia, and parts of Maryland. We are committed to providing our Internet services as an open platform for innovation, investment, job creation, economic growth, competition, and free expression.
The purpose of this disclosure is to make available information regarding our network management practices and the performance and commercial terms of our wired broadband Internet access and DSL services to enable you to make informed choices regarding the purchase and use of our services, in accordance with Part 8 of the Rules of the Federal Communications Commission. With regard to our wired broadband Internet service, Shentel does not block any lawful content, applications, services, or your use of non-harmful devices, or 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 are posted at https://www.shentel.com/en/legal.
Your Internet Service Speeds
Shentel’s broadband Internet services are available at different upload and download speeds and price points depending on the uses that the customer wants to make of the broadband connection (e.g. email, web browsing, video and audio streaming, gaming, or downloading large files). The specific levels of Internet service that are available are identified here, where customers can also obtain information about the typical applications that are suitable for each service tier.
While Shentel 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 Shentel’s control) can affect the actual speeds experienced by a customer:
1 Gbps Service: 1 Gbps not available in all areas. Speeds claims represent maximum network capabilities. Actual speeds may vary based on a number of factors which are often outside of Shentel’s control, and are not guaranteed. Download speeds are typically up to 940Mbps for 1 Gbps Internet due to overhead capacity reserved to deliver the data. All equipment in-home must be Gig-E capable to receive full benefits of 1 Gbps speed. All Internet packages come with data allowances which vary by product, or an unlimited data option is available at extra charge. Equipment, taxes and fees additional. Subject to eligibility guidelines and other restrictions apply.
In addition to the variables described above, your Internet speed will depend on the service level to which you subscribe. Shentel performed internal speed tests from a number of points within our cable networks. Performance data was collected during the “busy hour” (7 p.m. to 11 p.m Monday through Friday) for each of the Internet service levels offered by Shentel. Our tests measured broadband performance on a sample of our systems and the results below do not reflect the performance levels to be expected by any individual customer served by any particular Shentel system.
|Internal Test Results1|
|Mean Download Speed (Mbps)||98.81||47.81||24.33||14.43||9.84||4.96||2.93||1.41||0.75||0.32|
|Mean Upload Speed (Mbps)||9.81||9.52||4.82||2.78||1.89||0.95||0.92||0.51||0.27||0.13|
|Mean Latency (in milliseconds)2||25||24||22||25||23||26||28||29||28||30|
1Table reports performance data averages collected durring "busy hour" as measured by www.speedtest.net for all Shentel internet speeds. The FCC has reported on the average mean upload, download and latency speeds as measured during the "busy hour" based on tests performed by a number of Internet service providers which is accessible at http://www.fcc.gov/measuring-broadband-america/methodology#methodology.
2 Latency 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.
3 Packet 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.
Customers are able to test the speeds that they are receiving on Shentel’s network at http://www.speedtest.net.
Your use of our Digital Phone service has no discernible impact on your Internet service performance.
Commercial Terms of Internet Service
Shentel has multiple offerings of Internet service available at various speeds and data allowances, which can be found at https://shentel.com/en/internet. For more information about the data allowances that apply to your level of Shentel Internet service, please refer to your monthly Shentel bill or our Acceptable Use Policy. Customers using bandwidth amounts exceeding their allowance will receive notifications as they reach the end of their data allowance each month, including information about the fees for exceeding the monthly allowance. Customers who consistently meet or exceed their monthly data allowance are strongly urged to consider upgrading to a higher speed of internet service. On occasion, Shentel offers promotions and discounts to its Internet service customers which are often conditioned on the retention of service for specified minimum time periods. Customers in Shenandoah County and northern Augusta County, Virginia service areas who select the 1 year contract option for internet service will be subject to an early termination fee of $150 or remainder of the contract, whichever is the lesser of the two.
Internet Privacy Policies
Network Management and Testing
In order to ensure that our customers receive high quality Internet service, Shentel uses various practices to manage our network. These practices help to ensure that our customers have access to sufficient broadband capacity at all times, including during periods of high demand, and that our network and customers are protected against malware, spam, viruses and other threats originating over the Internet.
Shentel manages its network with the goal of delivering a fast, safe and uncompromised broadband Internet experience to all of its customers. But, high-speed bandwidth and network resources are not unlimited. Managing the network is essential for the promotion of the best possible broadband Internet experience by all of Shentel’s customers. The company uses reasonable network management and test practices that are consistent with industry standards. In addition, Shentel is required by the FCC to test a random set of customers for speed and latency periodically during the year. By using this service, the customer agrees to allow the Shentel to perform these tests. Shentel tries to use tools and technologies that are minimally intrusive and, in its independent judgment guided by industry experience, among the best in class. Of course, the company's network management practices will change and evolve along with the uses of the Internet and the challenges and threats on 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 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 after providing written notice to a customer who has violated the terms of service.
Residential customers are prohibited from using or running dedicated stand-alone equipment or servers or programs from the customer’s premises that provide network content or any other services to others, including, but not limited to, email, web hosting, file sharing and proxy services and servers (e.g. FTP, file or game). For further information regarding prohibited uses see our Acceptable Use Policy.
During periods of congestion, Shentel does not limit speeds of heavy users or restrict traffic in any way.
Shentel uses a number of tools and techniques to protect its network and customers from malicious and unwanted Internet traffic such as preventing the distribution of viruses or other harmful code and preventing the delivery of spam to customer e-mail accounts. Because the nature of external threats to the network are constantly evolving, Shentel’s network security practices necessarily are dynamic and regularly changing. In general, these security practices should not have any effect on our customers’ use of their network connections.
Shentel supports the use of DOCSIS 3.0 and 3.1 modems and ADSL and ADSL+ modems in Shenandoah County and northern Augusta County, Virginia service areas. Non-complying standards will not operate with our network’s performance specifications. Please visit our modem list.. This list is subject to change. Requests for the most current list may be placed through the contact form on our website. You may purchase or rent these devices from us; modems obtained from a third party will need to checked by Shentel for compatibility before it can be used on the network.
Existing Shentel Wired Internet Service Customers
If you are an existing Shentel customer and have any questions or wish to lodge a complaint concerning Shentel’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 1-800-SHENTEL (1-800-743-6835).
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 your cable modem from your PC to determine whether your devices are the source of the problem.
If you are not an existing Shentel customer, but have a question or complaint regarding our Internet service, please see our Contact Information page for ways to contact us.