The FCC vs. Comcast, Round 2

rated by 0 users
This post has 2 Replies | 0 Followers

Top 10 Contributor
Posts 25,676
Points 1,155,565
Joined: Sep 2007
ForumsAdministrator
News Posted: Fri, Apr 25 2008 12:54 AM

Asthe debate for net neutrality still rages, the FCC continued its hearingsinto Comcast’s throttling of P2P traffic:

"FCC Chairman Kevin Martin,testifying before a Senate committee, said Comcast's blocking of BitTorrent P-to-P(peer-to-peer) traffic appeared to happen when there wasn't network congestion,in contrast to claims from the broadband provider"

IfComcast is in fact taking a more draconian stance on P2P traffic than theywould like folks to believe, this could be the definitive move that finally pushesCongress to enact net neutrality legislation. The irony is that P2P traffic isnot the largest bandwidth hog anymore on the Internet. That claim now goes tovideo streaming and downloading via HTTP--commonly referred to as the “YouTubeEffect.” Which begs the question, are ISPs also throttling YouTube traffic?




  • | Post Points: 35
Top 75 Contributor
Posts 1,677
Points 24,005
Joined: Aug 2002
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Well, Comast should limit the internet.  After all, the internet is a series of tubes.  Man I love that speech.

Hello

  • | Post Points: 5
Top 200 Contributor
Posts 459
Points 6,990
Joined: Feb 2008
Location: United States
AjayD replied on Fri, Apr 25 2008 7:36 PM
(series of tubes) Senator Stevens brain is also a series of tubes...empty ones. But I digress.

Of course Comcast was/is throttling P2P traffic even when there isn't network congestion. You would have to be born yesterday to believe otherwise. Comcast's unsubstantiated claims are an attempt to feign relieving their network of bandwidth hungry P2P traffic, thus improving performance and bandwidth availability for customers who do not use P2P. In actuality they would probably love to throttle all traffic if they could get away with it. If Comcast were the DOT, they would force people to carpool, rather than build larger highways and new roads.

 

***** Time you enjoy wasting, was not wasted. *****

  • | Post Points: 5
Page 1 of 1 (3 items) | RSS