Comcast's Protocol-Agnostic Congestion Management System (RFC6057)
Original Publication Date: 2010-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2010-Dec-08
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C. Bastian: AUTHOR [+4]
Comcast Cable is a large broadband Internet Service Provider (ISP), based in the U.S., serving the majority of its customers via cable modem technology. During the late part of 2008, and completing on December 31, 2008, Comcast deployed a new congestion management system across its entire network. This new system was developed in response to dissatisfaction in the Internet community as well as complaints to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regarding Comcast's old system, which targeted specific peer-to-peer (P2P) applications. This new congestion management system is protocol-agnostic, meaning that it does not examine or impact specific user applications or network protocols, which is perceived as a more fair system for managing network resources at limited times when congestion may occur.
Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) C. Bastian Request for Comments: 6057 T. Klieber Category: Informational J. Livingood ISSN: 2070-1721 J. Mills R. Woundy Comcast December 2010
Comcast's Protocol-Agnostic Congestion Management System
This document describes the congestion management system of Comcast Cable, a large cable broadband Internet Service Provider (ISP) in the U.S. Comcast completed deployment of this congestion management system on December 31, 2008.
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RFC 6057 An ISP Congestion Management System December 2010
Table of Contents
1. Introduction ....................................................2
2. Applicability to Other Types of Networks ........................3