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Comcast to Restrict Heavy Internet Users

20 Aug, 2008 By: Chris Tribbey

In response to demands by the Federal Communications Commission, Comcast Corp. will slow the Internet service of its heaviest users during peak hours.

The move comes after the FCC ordered the cable and Internet service provider to change how it regulates Internet traffic, after users complained Comcast was blocking downloads by those who used peer-to-peer networks, such as BitTorrent.

Mitch Bowling, Comcast’s SVP and GM of Internet services, told Bloomberg news service that some of the company’s Internet customers could see slowing up to 20 minutes.

“If in fact a person is generating enough [Internet traffic] that they’re the ones creating [a slowdown], we will manage that consumer for the overall good of all of our consumers,” Bowling said.

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