FYI: Cox Confirms P2P Throttling

By tipstir
Nov 19, 2007
  1. Last week we reported that like Comcast -- Cox was using traffic shaping hardware to disrupt p2p traffic. Specifically, the company is using traffic shaping hardware to send forged TCP/IP packets with the RST (reset) flag set, with the goal of disrupting upstream eDonkey connections. We received confirmation from Cox late Friday that they were in fact engaging in the practice. From Cox's David Deliman, Product Communications Manager:

    Cox does not prohibit the use of file-sharing services for uploads or downloads, or discriminate against any specific services in any way. To help our customers make the most out of their Internet experience, we take proactive measures to ensure that bandwidth intensive applications do not negatively impact their service. These network management practices are outlined in our subscriber agreement and Acceptable Use Policy.

    Note that the company is being somewhat more forthcoming than Comcast -- who simply stated that they do not block p2p traffic.
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