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Comcast Admits It Crippled Internet Traffic

Comcast Confirms Crippling P2P Internet Traffic0Earlier this week we reported on speculation that Comcast was blocking or at least seriously crippling certain types of Internet traffic. The content in question was peer-to-peer, or P2P, network traffic, the bandwidth-hogging type of data (read: movies, TV shows, and songs).

Tests run by AP reporters showed that file sharing applications either didn't work at all or were seriously slowed down when using Comcast Internet access. Comcast has now issued a response in which it fesses up to filtering the applications in question but also denies that they were actually blocked.

Senior VP of Comcast Online Services Mitch Bowling said that there is no blocking going on, and that any filtering in place was "temporary and intended to improve surfing for other users." In other words, they're trimming down the bandwidth hogs so that others get a share. That sounds fair enough, but there are better ways of doing that then disabling P2P traffic altogether. Any blocking, Mr. Bowling says, was "unintentional and due to a software bug that had been fixed." So, if the bug is already fixed, Comcast users should be good to go ... we hope.

From Engadget

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Tags: broadband, Comcast, P2P



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