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[ NNSquad ] Re: Comcast using Sandvine to Interfere with P2P

On 2007.11.08., at 18:59, Robb Topolski wrote:

>> At 11:48 PM 11/7/2007, Robb Topolski wrote:
>>> Using the Comcast P2P interference as an example, in this case,
>>> Comcast has degraded the performance of a non-favored application.
> On 11/8/07, Brett Glass <nnsquad@brettglass.com> wrote:
>> Or, from Comcast's point of view, it is preventing network abuse and
>> stopping customers from violating the terms of their contracts.
> If this is Comcast's position, then there are many other ways to do
> this without forging and injecting RST TCP packets onto the Internet
> and to their customers.

Absolutely true. It is an incredibly crude technique. If preventing  
"ordinary" users from the "network abuse" of "excessively-using"  
minority was really their goal, they could prioritize traffic so as to  
give priority to traffic coming from/to IP addresses of those  
customers who generated the least traffic so far in the current  
billing period. I've expanded this idea here: <http://constc.blogspot.com/2007/11/network-traffic-prioritization-by.html 

It is however entirely possible that their real motives are different.  
Namely, that they need to pay for outbound traffic from their network  
to other ISPs' networks, and they want to minimize the overall traffic  
leaving their network in order to minimize the cross-network traffic  
fees they need to pay...

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