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Comcast To Slow Down Heaviest Users During Peak Periods Following FCC Decision

09/21/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

The Federal Communication Commission has officially released its order sanctioning cable giant Comcast for blocking Web traffic.

Over the next 30 days, Comcast is required to:

- Disclose the details of its discriminatory network management practices to the Commission
- Submit a compliance plan describing how it intends to stop these discriminatory management practices by the end of the year
- Disclose to customers and the Commission the network management practices that will replace current practices

Although Comcast is expected to appeal the decision, the company is already threatening to implement an even more draconian form of network management.

As a result of the F.C.C.'s ruling, Comcast will begin slowing the internet speeds of its heaviest users for 20- to 30-minutes at time of network congestion, Mitch Bowling, Comcast's senior vice president and general manager of online services, told Bloomberg.

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