Comcast is abandoning course on a throttling system first deployed in 2008 as a means to deter heavy internet users from beyond their account data allotment.

As reflected in a June 11, 2018 update to our Xfinity Internet Broadband Disclosures, the bottleneck administration system that was initially deployed in 2008 has been deactivated. As our arrangement technologies and usage of the arrangement abide to evolve, we assets the right to apparatus a new congestion-management system if all-important in the achievement of reasonable arrangement administration and in order to advance a good broadband Internet access account acquaintance for our barter and will accommodate updates here as well as other locations if a new system is implemented.

After the Electronic Frontier Foundation caught the aggregation throttling BitTorrent cartage in 2007, Comcast acted bound to deploy a system to ensure some level of neutrality in managing arrangement activity. Instead of throttling specific apps, Comcast would now burke all users who exceeded their account data cap, behindhand of usage.

This system has been “essentially abeyant for more than a year,” according to a recent account by the company. And now, it’s a thing of the past.

But hold the applause: the aggregation still imposes data caps with hefty overage fees in 27 states, claiming it limits chump data usage “based on a assumption of fairness.”

And these overage fees are no joke. Once barter exceed their one account allotment, they’re forced to pay $10 for each added 50GB, or $50 per month for absolute data.

Worse, there’s no real method of acceptance whether barter are absolutely using this data other than Comcast’s own data usage meter — which has been wrong in the past.

Our arrangement and chump accessories have acquired to a point that our old congestion-management system is no longer necessary. The system has been about abeyant for more than a year. With well over 99 percent of our Internet barter using more modern DOCSIS gateways and modems, bottleneck on alone channels is no longer an issue that needs to be managed. We took the befalling to ascertain this change while we were afterlight our other chump disclosures.

The only real takeaway here is that throttling was never annihilation more than an attempted cash grab by one of the world’s most hated companies. Comcast accepted that its arrangement can now handle all of its customers’ bandwidth needs, with room to spare, yet still accuse hefty overage fees for those who exceed data caps, even though there’s no reliable means to ensure you’re within its approximate limits.

And since Comcast has aloof the right to bring back its congestion-management system, it’s worth noting that the death of net neutrality could bring about a more heavy-handed access to accent its own services, and that of partnering companies by making it so that this cartage doesn’t count adjoin accepted data caps.

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