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NBN Chief Morrow Considers Plan To ‘Throttle’ Heavy Game Players

NBN Co chief Bill Morrow has threatened to throttle so-called “superusers” of its fixed-wireless service –mainly game players – who he says are using many terabytes of data daily and tieing up delivery to other users.

“We’re evaluating a form of fair-use policy to say, ‘We would groom these extreme users’,” Morrow told a federal parliamentary committee.

“The grooming could be that, during the busy period of the day, when these heavy users are impacting the majority, that they will actually get throttled back to where they’re taking down what everybody else is taking down.”

But Morrow added: “We’re not yet to point of proposing anything, but we’re looking at all options including a fair use policy.”

NBN Co already provides a “fair use” policy on its Sky Muster satellite service. Under that deal monthly downloads by households are capped at 400GB, with maximum peak-period usage set at 150GB a month – unlikely to win the hearts and minds of serious game players.

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