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Re: Can P2P applications learn to play fair on networks?

  • From: Joe Greco
  • Date: Sun Oct 21 19:55:26 2007

> Joe Greco wrote:
> > Well, because when you promise someone an Internet connection, they usually
> > expect it to work.  Is it reasonable for Comcast to unilaterally decide that
> > my P2P filesharing of my family photos and video clips is bad?
> >   
> Comcast is currently providing 1GB of web hosting space per e-mail 
> address associated with each account; one could argue that's a 
> significantly more efficient method of distributing that type of content 
> and it still doesn't cost you anything extra.

Wow, that's incredibly ...small.  I've easily got ten times that online
with just one class of photos.  There's a lot of benefit to just letting
people yank stuff right off the old hard drive.  (I don't /actually/ use
P2P for sharing photos, we have a ton of webserver space for it, but I
know people who do use P2P for it)

> The use case you describe isn't the problem though,

Of course it's not, but the point I'm making is that they're using a 
shotgun to solve the problem.

[major snip]

> Again, 
> flat-rate pricing does little to discourage this type of behavior.

I certainly agree with that.  Despite that, the way that Comcast has
reportedly chosen to deal with this is problematic, because it means
that they're not really providing true full Internet access.  I don't
expect an ISP to actually forge packets when I'm attempting to
communicate with some third party.

... JG
Joe Greco - Network Services - Milwaukee, WI -
"We call it the 'one bite at the apple' rule. Give me one chance [and] then I
won't contact you again." - Direct Marketing Ass'n position on e-mail spam(CNN)
With 24 million small businesses in the US alone, that's way too many apples.