The FCC vs. Comcast, Round 2

As the debate for net neutrality still rages, the FCC continues its hearings into 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"

If Comcast is in fact taking a more draconian stance on P2P traffic than they would like folks to believe, this could be the definitive move that finally pushes Congress to enact net neutrality legislation. The irony is that P2P traffic is not the largest bandwidth hog anymore on the Internet. That claim now goes to video streaming and downloading via HTTP--commonly referred to as the “YouTube Effect.” Which begs the question, are ISPs also throttling YouTube traffic?

Via:  PC World
Tags:  Comcast, FCC, COM
Comments
Crisis Causer 6 years ago

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

AjayD 6 years ago
(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.
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