Rik van der Kroon writes "Major Dutch cable provider UPC has introduced a new network management system which caps users their bandwidth for certain services and providers at 1/3rd of the bandwidth during a 12 hour daily time span between 12am and 12pm.
After that COAX, the consumers front for cable providers in The Netherlands, received many complaints about network problems and slow speeds UPC decided to take this as an excuse to introduce their new "network management" protocol which slows down a large amount of traffic. All protocols but HTTP are capped to 1/3rd and within the HTTP realm some websites and services which take up bandwidth are capped as well.
So far UPC hides themselves behind the common excuse: "We are protecting all the users against 1% of the user base which abuses our network"
The original statement in Dutch can be found here: http://www.coax.nl/news/reageer/index.php?NewsID=2218"
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