Comcast Throttling Woes Continue

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News Posted: Sun, Feb 17 2008 6:50 PM

When Comcast began throttling BitTorrent traffic last year, they initially claimed it was an anti-piracy measure, but it's starting to look as if there might have been an ulterior motive for the throttling: Keeping legitimate online video services away from their customer base.

“While the BitTorrent protocol has long been used for piratical purposes, the company formed to commercialize it has signed up a slew of business partners from the entertainment industry that use it to reduce their bandwidth costs while distributing video. Those partners include Warner Bros., Viacom, PBS, and Paramount Pictures.

What that means is that Comcast is slamming the brakes on perfectly legal television watching that happens to take place over the Internet--leaving it open to allegations of anticompetitive activity. As more TV watching shifts online, the argument goes, Comcast will lose its enviably lucrative position as the content gatekeeper for cable TV and become one of many providers of a commodity broadband service with slimmer margins.”

Several consumers and consumer advocacy groups have filed suit against Comcast and some have even registered complaints with the FCC.  If large studios add to Comcast's legal woes, they may find themselves defending against both suppliers/customers and clients at the same time.

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mazuki replied on Sun, Feb 17 2008 10:27 PM
they didn't just shape bittorrent traffic, they did it to ALL traffic, uploading of ftp was even slowed, sometimes dropped
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replied on Mon, Feb 18 2008 6:44 AM

We really need a new carrier. I have been using comcast for like 8 years now and I actually saw some throttling on my end over the weekend. I was watching netflix movie and then all of a sudden it poped up and said re-adjusting your video because of decreased connection speed. My speed went from 20 second of buffer time to 12 MINUTES. Insane. I was pretty ticked off.

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Lev_Astov replied on Mon, Feb 18 2008 8:35 AM
They most likely have stretched their network infrastructure too thin. At this rate it would probably be cheaper in the long run for them to upgrade their entire network rather than fend off the suits.

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