Comcast to slow heavy users down

By Justin Mann on August 21, 2008, 12:57 PM
The fallout from Comcast deceiving the public (along with the FCC) continues, and while whatever actions the FCC might take are still undecided, the company is looking for ways to solve their bandwidth troubles without resorting to protocol-destroying mechanisms. More information on how they plan to “fix” the issue has been revealed.

Apparently, their plan will include identifying heavy users during a period of congestion, then de-prioritizing those users as compared to the rest of the network for 10-20 minutes. Furthermore, someone who habitually uses large amounts of bandwidth won't get singled out – the throttling is all done on a per-case basis. The throttling won't affect any particular program or traffic type, and will instead simply slow down the entire connection.

This is certainly a more fair approach than any other that has been proposed so far. A “heavy user” is determined on a per-minute basis, avoiding singling people out, and the connections aren't shut off, merely slowed. However, it does bring to mind another question – just what is “heavy use”? As we've seen in recent days, some ISPs have very limited ideas of what a heavy user is. Ultimately it's an issue of perception – and it seems people will have to trust the ISP to make the right decision.




User Comments: 8

Got something to say? Post a comment
KingDingDong said:
Screw comcast and any other ISP that wants to slow trafiic or limit bandwith. Why cant we do like overseas. We are nearly twice as slow with 100000 times more restrictions. Wth. What will happen to online game players, or movies streaming from net flix.....?????
poundsmack said:
This "slow down" will also come with a hidden free for making them have to throttle you. thank you for choosing comcast, resistance is futile. after all, we all know this slow down and limiting of spead is just comcast alloting more spead to it's cyberdyne devision. "Comcast. Bringing the world together one sentient program at a time."(kidding about the fee of course)
woody1191 said:
You are so unlucky with your ISP's in the US, ours in the UK are speeding the connections up but putting 40-50Gb limits on Downloads a Month, and ours have stopped Torrent Downloads by threating to Slow our Connection down and after 3 warnings cut our Internet Access.
otester said:
[b]Originally posted by woody1191:[/b][quote]You are so unlucky with your ISP's in the US, ours in the UK are speeding the connections up but putting 40-50Gb limits on Downloads a Month, and ours have stopped Torrent Downloads by threating to Slow our Connection down and after 3 warnings cut our Internet Access.[/quote]If you look around, you will find good ISP's, check out Entanet based suppliers, might look costly but you'll get exactly what you pay for.BT should be a regulator of lines/equipment, not a corporation, a public service, profit being only spent on upgrading the existing infrastructure.
audubon said:
Absolutely something miraculous has got to be done about the internet. Perhaps Harry Potter, with his magic wand, could start things off by waving that wand and putting Comcast in its place. But this human will resist no matter how futile; however, Jeri Ryan could assimilate me without much effort.
windmill007 said:
Verizon FIOS FTW. Anything less than fiber just won't due. I think the cable will die unless they change to fiber at somepoint. I hope verizon stays the way they are. they are one of the few that think bandwidth should not be metered or slowed down.
Quantex_rox said:
Comcast is fiber optics (America's largest fiber optic network,) which brings up the question, why are they so bogged down, THEY'RE NOT, they just want money, money money money money...
Quantex_rox said:
[b]Originally posted by otester:[/b][quote][b]Originally posted by woody1191:[/b][quote]You are so unlucky with your ISP's in the US, ours in the UK are speeding the connections up but putting 40-50Gb limits on Downloads a Month, and ours have stopped Torrent Downloads by threating to Slow our Connection down and after 3 warnings cut our Internet Access.[/quote]If you look around, you will find good ISP's, check out Entanet based suppliers, might look costly but you'll get exactly what you pay for.BT should be a regulator of lines/equipment, not a corporation, a public service, profit being only spent on upgrading the existing infrastructure.[/quote]At+t uverse, super fast, and unlimited downloads. Infact, I believe all at+t services are unlimited.
Load all comments...

Add New Comment

TechSpot Members
Login or sign up for free,
it takes about 30 seconds.
You may also...
Get complete access to the TechSpot community. Join thousands of technology enthusiasts that contribute and share knowledge in our forum. Get a private inbox, upload your own photo gallery and more.