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TW, Cable test bandwidth limits for P2P

Cable companies to Internet users: game on! You want unlimited P2P usage?
Written by Richard Koman, Contributor
Cable companies to Internet users: game on! You want unlimited P2P usage? Well, you can pay more for it. Alternatively, you're getting pushed into the slow zone. How do you like them neutrality apples? From Reuters:
Time Warner Cable said it will launch a service on Thursday that charges new consumers of high-speed Internet service based on their usage. Broadband subscribers in Beaumont, Texas, will be charged $1 per gigabyte above monthly allowances, a company spokesman said.

Separately, Comcast said it has changed the way it will manage network traffic and begin a test to slow the transfer of files to individual subscribers who are its heaviest users during congested periods.

The tests will begin Thursday in the Chambersburg, Pennsylvania and Warrenton, Virginia areas.

The Comcast move is the first step forward on its new network management plan to control overuse in a protocol-agnostic way, after taking a double barrels of opposition for its previous secret plan of stomping on BitTorrent traffic. "We want to deliver the best online experience for our customers," a Comcast spokesman said. "We can do it really quickly and without the need for government intervention."

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