Comcast officially submitted its network management plans to the FCC. As expected, they include no more stomping on BitTorrent, replacing that scheme with "slow(ing) Internet speeds for its heaviest users at peak times when its network is congested," the Wall Street Journal reports.
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Despite the fact that it's testing a system to cut back bandwidth for heavy (P2P) users during peak traffic time, Comcast says it hasn't decided on any network management techniques as yet, IDG reports. The FCC issued an order this week requiring Comcast to stop network management that discriminates against certain protocols, like BitTorrent.
The Federal Communications Commission on Friday ruled 3-2 that Comcast overstepped its network management authority by blocking BitTorrent peer to peer traffic, but stopped short of fining the cable company. The move clarifies the boundaries a bit for other carriers and sends the message that the FCC enforces network neutrality principles.
The FCC held its hearing on Comcast's Network Management practices at Harvard University yesterday. Vuze executive Gilles BianRosa whose company filed one of the two FCC complaints against Comcast reportedly told the FCC yesterday that BitTorrent does not hog bandwidth.
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