In documents filed with the FCC last Friday, Comcast laid out the details of its “protocol agnostic” method of broadband network management that, by the end of this year, is slated to replace the company’s current controversial approach to handling peer-to-peer (P2P) Internet traffic. Responding to accusations that Comcast had engaged in discriminatory behavior by delaying or blocking transmissions to and from the BitTorrent P2P file sharing service, the FCC ruled last month that Comcast’s web management policies violated the agency’s 2005 policy statement on net neutrality. Although the FCC declined to impose a fine, it ordered Comcast to devise a web management plan that complies with the agency’s net neutrality principles and to provide the FCC with the details of that plan within 30 days. Reporting on the results of trials conducted over the past five months in five test markets, Comcast told the FCC that it is installing new software throughout its nationwide network that will monitor upstream and downstream web traffic continuously and that will assign a lower priority to traffic generated by high-bandwidth users once predetermined levels of congestion are reached. Noting that the software is designed to identify individual users who consume an average of 70% or more of their provisioned upstream or downstream bandwidth for intervals of 15 minutes or more, Comcast told the FCC that the new protocol agnostic system would result in approximately 1% of subscribers having their Internet activities slowed during periods of peak congestion. With regard to any subscriber thus affected, Comcast asserted that, “the subscriber’s traffic returns to normal priority status once his or her bandwidth usage drops below a set threshold.” Observing that the technique “does not manage congestion based on the . . . application a consumer uses,” Comcast proclaimed that the new system “will ensure that all customers get their fair share of bandwidth every hour of the day.”