Verizon Aims to Speed Up P2P

Verizon Aims to Speed Up P2P

No, seriously.  Verizon is one of a group called the P4P Working Group, and they are trying to increase P2P efficiency.

Providers have banned, blocked or slowed peer-to-peer traffic in their efforts to keep the flood of music, video, games and software from overwhelming their networks. But Verizon Communications Inc. has broken ranks with the industry and announced Friday that it plans to help its users share files faster — at least those who do it legally.

With researchers at Yale University and a group of companies that make file-sharing software, Verizon collaborated to enable faster downloads for consumers and lower costs for participating ISPs.

File-sharing accounts for one-third of all Internet traffic, according to Arbor Networks, a maker of traffic-management equipment, and some estimates are higher.

At a conference in New York, the Verizon group will present test results showing that when an ISP cooperates with a file-sharing software maker they can speed downloads an average of 60 percent — though collaboration boosted some downloads six-fold on fast Internet connections.

The idea is simple: using network topology data, reduce the number of hops for P2P data.  Don't get hopeful though: Verizon is only interested in helping LEGAL P2P traffic.

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 Still a step in the right direction ^_^. The one thing I'm extremely glad about in this fiber optic world we live in, is that verizon is trying to push boundaries. In japan, they have internet speeds around 3-4 times faster than our fastest ISP (Verizon)...They have 100mbit connections directly to homes O_O....With the digital content download era coming up as stated for HD movies, we need faster and more efficient internet choices. Road runner, comcast, probably others as well are planning to implement a limited bandwidth and overcharges for taking in too much data...This is NOT the way to go if we want to be able to stream HD to our television sets....I'm just glad verizon fios offers such high speed service, as well as forcing other companies to up their offerings. The more people that sign up for verizon fios and drop their other cable providers, the faster the other cable offerers will realize the route they are taking is NOT the best path for our future.

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 from what ive heard verzion is pretty reasonablely priced compared to other companys

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this is crap, i said it before i'll say it again. they are LIMITING p2p to local connections, or preferring them, essentially slowing down the overall p2p experience in order to keep costs down.

isn't the idea that we can get things to people we might never meet? now somehow the file has to get to germany, but can't because verizon only wants you going to new york or vice versa.

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mazuki:
this is crap
 

I agree completely. I wonder how Verizon is able to distinguish between legal and illegal P2P? I smell a plot to stiffle P2P while hiding behind a feigned attempt at improving speeds for "legal" traffic. We desperately need some real legislation for net nutrality in order to prevent all these greedy companies from trying to increase their profits by being stingy with the bandwidth their customers have already paid for. In reality companies like Verizon and Comcast could care less whether you download illegal files. They just use that as an excuse to increase their profit margins. Hopefully the FCC will make an example of Comcast so others don't go getting anymore bright ideas about restricting P2P traffic.

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they do it because of pressure from companies as well, everyone has a hand in each others pocket.

the world of the U.S. is a circle jerk and we are the biscuit gone soggy.

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It is good to see this happens.For not legal torrents we always have traffic crypting

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