When the system ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy

You may have seen my article a bit ago about Comcast instituting a 250GB per month cap on residential internet access as of October 1st. That date is now drawing near: next Wednesday.

The company has also said that they will throttle heavy users to “above DSL speeds” and, as of today, we know exactly what that means. Simply put, when Comcast’s network management software detects congestion on a cable channel (70% of available bandwidth being used up…download congestion is distinct from upload congestion but treated the same way) they turn on quality of service measures for that internet channel.