NBN Co chief executive Bill Morrow has identified online gamers as a major cause of congestion on the network, stating if it wasn’t for them using the internet, the internet wouldn’t be as slow.

Morrow says that NBN Co is “evaluating” slowing down or limiting downloads for users during peak times in order to overcome these fixed wireless congestion problems for people doing other stuff on the internet.

At a parliamentary hearing in Sydney this afternoon, the head of the National Broadband Network said that the heavy users likely targeted by a fair use policy were “gamers predominantly” – because they are kids just playing silly games, and not Baby Boomers trying to binge stream episodes of The Crown.

“While people are gaming it is a high bandwidth requirement that is a steady streaming process,” Mr Morrow told the committee.

“This is where you can do things, where you say, ‘no, no, no, we can only offer you service when you’re not impacting somebody else”

This logical explanation follows similar comments by the Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Darren Chester MP, who has identified motorists as the key reason behind increased traffic problems in Australia’s metropolitan areas.


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