Comcast submits plan to limit heavy users

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.

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.

Comcast will do this by creating a second stream of traffic for recent heavy users that will have a lower priority when compared to its other customers. . . . Comcast's filing comes after the company tested the new approach for three months in five cities to study its impact. The company plans to put the policy in effect over its entire footprint by the end of the year. Comcast says no customer complaints were lodged about the new method in its trial markets and less than 1% of customers were affected on a typical day.