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

  • From: Sean Donelan
  • Date: Fri Oct 26 14:38:47 2007

On Fri, 26 Oct 2007, Mikael Abrahamsson wrote:
If Comcast had used Sandvine's other capabilities to inspect and drop particular packets, would that have been more acceptable?

Yes, definately.

So another in-line device is better than an out-of-band device.

... but terminating the connection is not. Spoofing packets is not something an ISP should do. Ever. Dropping and/or delaying packets, yes, spoofing, no.

So ISPs should not do any NAT, transparent accelerators, transparent web caches, walled gardens for infected computers, etc.

We seem to agree that ISPs can "intefere" with network traffic, the debate is only how they do it.