Comcast to Put Brakes on Bandwidth Hogs

ISP decides to slow down users rather than P2P programs after FCC scolding
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 21, 2008 9:41 AM CDT
A technician for Comcast Corp. heads out on a job in this Feb. 2, 2006 file photo in Salt Lake City.    (AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac, File)
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(Newser) – Comcast plans to reduce Internet connection speeds for heavy users, Bloomberg reports. The company's "FairShare" system will slow users down for 10 to 20 minutes during peak periods. Comcast was recently scolded by the FCC for improperly blocking file-sharing programs like BitTorrent in an effort to manage Web traffic. (Read more Comcast stories.)