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So Much for Net Neutrality

Posted by MEC on October 19, 2007

And so it begins.

Comcast Blocks Some Internet Traffic

Comcast Corp. actively interferes with attempts by some of its high-speed Internet subscribers to share files online, a move that runs counter to the tradition of treating all types of Net traffic equally.

The interference, which The Associated Press confirmed through nationwide tests, is the most drastic example yet of data discrimination by a U.S. Internet service provider. It involves company computers masquerading as those of its users.


…Comcast subscribers can download BitTorrent files without hindrance. Only uploads of complete files are blocked or delayed by the company, as indicated by AP tests.

But with “peer-to-peer” technology, users exchange files with each other, and one person’s upload is another’s download. That means Comcast’s blocking of certain uploads has repercussions in the global network of file sharers.

3 Responses to “So Much for Net Neutrality”

  1. whig said

    Must we go to steganographic protocols?

  2. Thanks for posting this, MEC. I was going to but got busy!

    This shows exactly why we need Net Neutrality.

  3. MEC said

    It irked me to see Net Neutrality described as a “tradition”. Yeah, right. We only have Net Neutrality because the ISPs haven’t yet got around to programming the two-class system.

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