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    Ablang
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    Comcast Aims to Help Bandwidth Hogs Impose Self Control - PC World

    Comcast Aims to Help Bandwidth Hogs Impose Self Control - PC World

    Tim Greene, Network World
    Dec 2, 2009 6:44 am

    http://www.pcworld.com/article/18351...nl_dnx_h_crawl


    Comcast is trialing a service that tips off heavy users when they are
    about to run afoul of the company's acceptable use policy and thereby
    run the risk of having their bandwidth pinched during periods when the
    network gets congested.

    Called Comcast Usage Meter, the Web-based service keeps track of the
    total traffic between a customer's cable modems and the cable modem
    termination systems that act as gateways into Comcast's network. The
    trial started Tuesday in Portland, Ore.Customers are allowed up to
    250GB of traffic per month and after that they are considered in
    violation of the company's acceptable use policy. That means the
    company may then, as a network management measure, throttle back the
    traffic of those customers during actual congestion, resulting in
    longer file-transfer times, slower Web surfing and sluggish gaming.

    The service allows customers to see how close they are to their limit
    so they can avoid high-traffic activities and be exempted from such
    throttling. The readings are within three hours of real-time, and are
    plus or minus 1% accurate, according to NetForecast, a testing firm
    asked to evaluate the meter.

    The service is aimed at the 1% of customers who violated the usage
    policy that was set up about two years ago.

    Comcast has fallen under Federal Communications Commission scrutiny
    because its network management policies discriminated against certain
    types of traffic, notably non-Comcast VoIP and peer-to-peer traffic.

    Targeting specific protocols violates the FCC's open Internet
    principles. These principles are currently under review with an eye
    toward formalizing them into FCC regulations under the banner of
    network neutrality.

    While its policies don't include throttling specific protocols, they
    do point out specific activities that "may cause excessive data
    consumption". These include file transfers, peer-to-peer traffic and
    newsgroups. "You must also ensure that your use of the Service does
    not restrict, inhibit, interfere with, or degrade any other person's
    use of the Service, nor represent (as determined by Comcast in its
    sole discretion) an overly large burden on the network," the policy
    says. "In addition, you must ensure that your use of the Service does
    not limit or interfere with Comcast's ability to deliver and monitor
    the Service or any part of its network."

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    Justin
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    Re: Comcast Aims to Help Bandwidth Hogs Impose Self Control - PCWorld

    Ablang wrote:
    > Comcast Aims to Help Bandwidth Hogs Impose Self Control - PC World
    >
    > Tim Greene, Network World
    > Dec 2, 2009 6:44 am
    >
    > http://www.pcworld.com/article/18351...nl_dnx_h_crawl



    even with all the porn and TV shows I download, I don't get anywhere
    near 250GB.
    The bittorrent jackasses are what screw the pooch.
    For me its IRC or nothing.

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