Thursday, March 27, 2008

Comcast gives up

"PHILADELPHIA - Comcast Corp., an Internet service provider under investigation for hampering online file-sharing by its subscribers, announced Thursday an about-face in its stance and said it will treat all types of Internet traffic equally.

Since user reports of interference with file-sharing traffic were confirmed by an Associated Press investigation in October, Comcast has been vigorously defending its practices, most recently at a hearing of the Federal Communications Commission in February."

A bit concerning that further into the article they state this
"Comcast said that by the end of the year, it will move to a system that manages capacity without favoring one type of traffic over another."

Probably moving to a metered system with tiered limits on download volumes - which I'm totally cool with, user pays is fine BUT just let me choose what I want to download/upload.

This hasn't affected me personally as I'm on Time Warner, but I think Comcast has been seen as a test case and others may have followed, so this reversal can only be seen as a good thing.


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