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Mar 28 2008   1:24PM GMT

Comcast zeroes in on Internet “hog” management

Tom Nolle Tom Nolle Profile: Tom Nolle

Comcast today announced it would change how it imposes traffic management constraints on Internet usage, discontinuing its focus on P2P applications and focusing instead on traffic management of “hogs” or users who create the largest amount of traffic. As a practical matter, the move will likely have the same impact when the cable spans are congested, since P2P is the most significant source of upload traffic, but the new move might also impact any users who act as servers or who generate significant video traffic. The FCC has asked the company to commit to a date for the change, in what we believe is a simple PR move on the part of the FCC. We do not believe the FCC would have ordered a change, and that the current move by Comcast is a response to a competitive campaign largely by Verizon.

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