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Comcast targets bandwidth hogs in test
Written by Daniel   
Wednesday, 04 June 2008 12:18

 Comcast will start testing a new method for managing traffic on its network this week that targets heavy Internet users.

June 4, 2008 9:12 AM PDT
Posted by Marguerite Reardon
C/Net news

Starting Thursday, Comcast will test a new system that will throttle back or slow down traffic during times of congestion for heavy bandwidth users. The initial tests will be conducted in Chambersburg, Pa. and Warrenton, Va. Later this summer the company plans to expand testing to Colorado Springs, Colo.

Comcast, the largest cable provider in the U.S., has been under fire for months after it was discovered the company had been slowing down peer-to-peer traffic on its network. The company claimed it had singled out peer-to-peer, file-sharing traffic, because it was eating up an inordinate amount of bandwidth, which caused degradation across the rest of its customers.

Consumer groups were incensed by the tactic, and the blogosphere filled with criticism. The Federal Communications Commission is currently looking into the situation to see if Comcast has violated any of its Net neutrality principles.   [C/Net news...]   [Comments...]

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