Monday, October 22, 2007

More stories that companies interfere with BitTorrent; PFIR proposal

The claims that some companies are interfering with selected internet traffic continue. On Oct. 19, 2007, the AP ran a story by Peter Svensson, “Comcast Blocks Some Internet Traffic.” The link is here.

The article, quite detailed, apparently refers to how BitTorrent P2P is allowed to work with large files on this ISP. Apparently some large uploads do not work well, which means to other customers that some downloads will not work well. This appears to be related to a need to balance traffic with all customers and possibly a lack of a pricing policy that can penalize excessive use with fees. These problems have been noted on this blog Sept. 29 and Sept. 7.

I got an unsolicited copy of the AP story today (Monday Oct. 22, 2007) in my AOL inbox from the “Judicial Accountability Initiative Law News Journal” (“J.A.I.L.”), with the email titled “Companies seek to undermine Internet.”

PIFR Paper link:

Lauren Weinstein has a white paper (10/2007) "Breaking the Internet Network Neutrality Deadlock" at PIFR (People for Internet Responsibility) here. More details about his ideas will be forthcoming.

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