Comcast's New Plan: Send Heavy Users To The Back Of The Line

from the slow-down-there,-speedy dept

Comcast agreed last year to change the way it was dealing with supposedly "heavy" users, after it came out (following many denials from Comcast) that the company was using a rather heavy-handed manner to block certain services from working, without bothering to tell anyone. Now the company has said that it will be implementing a plan whereby heavy bandwidth users will be sent to a sort of "time out" room where all of their traffic will be slowed down for a period of 10 to 20 minutes. Consider it the flipside to Comcast's Powerboost offering, which was supposedly designed for the exact opposite purpose: to help heavy downloaders get more bandwidth when they needed it. Now, apparently that gets you punished.

Meanwhile, over at the PFF conference, execs from Comcast (and Verizon) were apparently complaining that lobbyists were shaping the net neutrality debate, leaving out the part where it was their own lobbyists who really kicked that process off. Update: Oh, and as was widely expected, despite the FCC voting against Comcast, the company will not be fined or anything.

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    Benjie, 20 Aug 2008 @ 3:08pm

    All on how it's implemented

    I think and ISP should be able to 'throttle' a user if their network is getting flooded at peak time. They should also be looking at ways to upgrade their networks also if peak bandwidth is severly cutting into customers 'rated' bandwidth. Throttling should be completely fair to everyone, meaning that no one should be getting more bandwidth than another just because they have more streams open.

    The only thing worse than getting your bandwidth throttled is being lagged to death in a video game because an ISP can't handle the load. they should be actively looking/implementing new upgrade paths.

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