Comcast defends practice of slowing P2P traffic

By jobeard ยท 9 replies
Jan 11, 2008
  1. Comcast defends practice of slowing P2P traffic

    January 10, 2008 (IDG News Service) -- Cable-modem service provider Comcast Corp. said Wednesday that it would welcome a Federal Communications Commission investigation into its broadband traffic management practices.

    A Comcast spokeswoman said Wednesday that the company had not yet received information requests from the FCC. Comcast, in a statement, also defended its practice of sometimes slowing P2P traffic during peak traffic times.

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  2. thebaronjocelin

    thebaronjocelin TS Enthusiast Posts: 158

    Well, it's repulsive to just selectively slow it, but "during peak traffic times" I can understand, especially if it throughput for standard usage suffers.
  3. wildman6801

    wildman6801 TS Rookie Posts: 63

    You may not realize it but a lot of ISP's need to monitor the bandwidth especially during peak hours. If the ISP see that P2P is causing the network to be slow during peak hours they may put a bottle neck (Throttle) or cut the bandwidth for P2P so that other customers don't have such a slow network connection. This is the same thing for FTP and other types of connections to the network.

    They aren't doing it to stop users for using P2P networks. They are just trying to make sure the network can handle the amount of traffic that is being used. They don't want the network to crash during peak hours. That would be bad for everyone using the network.

    I use this idea with my own home network. I have 8 computers that are on the network along with 4 NAS and several gaming system and I set a limit for P2P networking because it can cause the entire network to lock up or slow down so much that the other machines can't connect to the network.

    This kind of thing happens all the time. I don't see why this is such a big deal. In the past this really didn't need to be done by the ISP's because they the end users were dialing in to the network. Now with broadband they have to do this. Some users may think the ISP is infrindging on them when in reality the users are infrindging on other users by tieing up the network. Remember to be considerite to the other users of the network. This kind of work has to be done or no one will be able to use the network. You have to remember that the ISP connection to the internet can only handle so much. Every user has to be responsible for the amount of traffic and what can happen if they use too much of the bandwidth on a network. If an ISP was to not do this then they would have to expand their network and charge you (the customer) more for the internet. I am sure that you (the customer) doesn't want to have to pay more for your internet connection.
  4. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Topic Starter Posts: 11,128   +982

    Thank you -- we're saying the same thing :)
  5. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,473   +126

    jobeard, you just have to work around the problem. I've done it with Cox they're doing the same thing.

    Change Port to something not used common monthly
    Run the RC4 Encyrption to fool them
    Run Peerguardian2 have all 5 blocks turned on and running..

    dwl 1.56 for me ... instead of 300

    Just have to go with the flow jobeard..

    Our buddies on Those on Asian forums have the same type of problems well some as they're ISP has slowed the connection also.
  6. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Topic Starter Posts: 11,128   +982

    a: I don't have the problem but many do
    b: Yes, sometimes it is possible to skirt the issue with enough determination
    c: Personally, I believe it will violate the End User License agreement -- but then one has to care about those things.
  7. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,018

    one big thing is greed
    they bank on users not being on at the same time
    so they are selling more then they can handle
    sort of like time sharing
    then they are allowed to lie about the service you buy saying 8mgb dowloads ya right
    my disclaimer )I am on comcast( can't get FIOS yet
    this practice has been going on since day one
    I had to upgrade service just to get a fast achhmm downloads
    always being told its my router BS
    even though I have done tests to show without it my speeds increase
    this is I believe another throttling method they use
    just rent thier router and watch your speeds increase I did this as a test
    my speed went up
    just try and get thier special firmware for a linksys router not going to happen
    I am trying right now to help with private torrent code to upload data recovery for clients on membership program ,you have to block comcast servers from seeing this app.

    end of rant ffuu:p
  8. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,002   +15

    I have no issue with a provider stopping P2P software. Not only is it dangerous and spreads viri, but it also slows the system for everyone.

    This is the same reason why utilities charge more for electricity and water during peak hours.
  9. tgreaves

    tgreaves TS Rookie Posts: 40

    Oh when oh when will FiOS be in my area.. :(
  10. urbanmonk

    urbanmonk TS Rookie

    i wish we had comcast here =(
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