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Comcast switch to throttling bandwidth hogs

In the wake of an investigation by the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) that attempts by Comcast to throttle P2P applications violated network neutrality principles, Comcast have announced that it will be shifting towards a more agnostic approach.

In the wake of an investigation by the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) that attempts by Comcast to throttle P2P applications violated network neutrality principles, Comcast announced that it will be shifting toward a more agnostic approach.

As part of fulfilling the promise, Comcast this week began testing new network management techniques that do not penalize specific protocols or applications. Scant details were offered, though it is known that these tests are rolled out in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, and Warrenton, Virginia, and that a different system was installed at each location.

Company spokesman Charlie Douglas noted: "We're looking at three hardware-software solutions. And we're trying to figure out which one delivers the best overall customer experience."

The implementation of the above-mentioned tests appears to be rolled-out much like how P2P throttling was surreptitiously put into place. As such, it is not clear how Comcast will be able to determine "the best overall customer experience." Surely it won't be by the amount of complaints that it receives?

Anyway, how do you manage WAN access on your company network? Do you implement any kind of network throttling against users accessing content unrelated to their work -- say, online radio and movie sites?

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Paul Mah is a writer and blogger who lives in Singapore, where he has worked for a number of years in various capacities within the IT industry. Paul enjoys tinkering with tech gadgets, smartphones, and networking devices.

4 comments
SysAdminII
SysAdminII

I think that if Comcast can handle the load maybe they need to sell out.

techie.brandon
techie.brandon

I wonder if they state a specific amount of kb that can transferred over a period of time in their UA. Would be interesting how they can justify lowering one's usage while entitling another if everyone is paying for the same service.

stephen.smith
stephen.smith

This exaclty why I prefer DSL to Cablemodem. Who cares if the top end speed of cablemodem is higher than DSL when they throttle speed down to lower than DSL. They need to put that in thier commercials - faster than DSL [as long as you don't use up too much bandwidth].

paulmah
paulmah

Anyway, how do you manage WAN access on your company network? Do you implement any kind of network throttling against users accessing content unrelated to their work ? say, on-line radio and movie sites?

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