Comcast has new plan to manage internet traffic

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

For one major cable company, no news is good news when it comes to a new plan to regulate how it handles Internet traffic.

Comcast says so far, there have been no complaints about its new method for handling how data travels through the part of the Internet it manages. The old system? Not so popular. In fact, Comcast was rebuked by the Federal Communications Commission for its practice of interrupting the flow of large files, such as those generated through contact with file-sharing services, to prevent online traffic jams.

Comcast says the new system kicks in only when Internet traffic in the area gets close to bottlenecking. It then finds out which customer accounts are sucking up the most bandwidth and slows their Internet "roll" until the traffic jam begins to ease.

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