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We consider the design of transport protocols for background transfers with the aim of reducing the download delays of interactive (non-background) flows which share the same links. We demonstrate that Lower than Best Effort (LBE) protocols suffer from bandwidth starvation, a fact which not only creates adoption disincentives but can have a harmful effect on the interactive flows as well. Instead we propose a simple access control policy which limits the maximum number of simultaneouslydoi:10.1109/iccs.2014.7024790 dblp:conf/iccoms/CourcoubetisDK14 fatcat:4rhjhqkm5fhufmlzbxtjtsgiye