Cox Communications, the third-largest cable company in the U.S., stepped into the battleground of "net neutrality" Jan. 27, saying it will be trying out a new way to keep its subscribers’ internet traffic from jamming up, reports the Associated Press. Starting on Feb. 9 in parts of Kansas and Arkansas, Cox will give priority to internet traffic it judges to be time-sensitive, like web pages, streaming video, and online games. File downloads, software updates, and other non-time sensitive data may be slowed if there is congestion on the local network, Cox said. The news is sure to revive the debate about net neutrality, or the question of how much internet service providers can interfere with subscriber traffic. The FCC sanctioned Comcast Corp., the nation’s largest cable company, last year for its method of traffic management, which involved secretly stifling file sharing. Cox expects to apply the new technology to all of its internet subscribers later this year if it proves successful in Kansas and Arkansas. Ben Scott, policy director at Free Press, one of the Washington-based consumer interest groups that complained to the FCC about Comcast, said he was reserving judgment about Cox’s new system until he could get more details on its workings. "As a baseline, I’m uncomfortable with any network management system that doesn’t give the user the choice of how his traffic is treated," Scott said…

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