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Mobile data plans include a limit on data usage per billing cycle. Mobile service providers also restrict bandwidth per connection. Once data usage reaches the limit, the service provider takes actions such as disabling further data access, restricting speed of the connection, levying a higher billing rate, etc. Users of mobile data connections therefore face problems of respectively of affordability or convenience. This disclosure describes techniques that allow a user to share bandwidth and/or data with other users that participate in a bandwidth pool. For example, the other users can include other users that are interested in accessing the same online content. Members of a pool fetch individual content sections and locally share the content with other members. In this manner, both downloadable data and bandwidth, e.g., speed of connection, is effectively increased for each user of the pool without hitting limits and the resultant charges.

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