Thursday, August 21, 2008
Comcast To Slow Web Traffic And Redfines "Unlimited" Bandwidth
"Penalty goes to IP address number X, 10 minutes for high bandwidthing"
From Bloomberg Comcast to Slow Some Web Traffic for Up to 20 Minutes
Comcast Corp. plans to slow Internet service to its heaviest users during periods of congestion, after regulators ordered the company to devise a new method for managing its Web traffic.
The top Internet speeds for targeted customers will be reduced for periods lasting 10 minutes to 20 minutes, keeping service to other users flowing.
See what speeds your ISP is really giving you (as opposed to what they advertise).
Do a SpeedTest.
It's free and takes less than a minute (no registration req'd) and will give your download and upload speeds. Find the closest server to your location and give it a test.
My closest test server is less than 50 miles away and this morning my download speed was 2.6 Mbps and 854 kbps upload. That's a far cry from the 6 Mbps Comcast advertises.