Vuze Takes Dim View of Cox Net Neutrality Plan

By Roy Mark  |  Posted 2009-02-04 Print this article Print

The P2P entertainment provider claims the nation's No. 3 cable broadband company will be treating Vuze's P2P high-definition traffic as a second-class citizen and may be in violation of the Federal Communications Commission's network neutrality principles.

Vuze, the peer-to-peer entertainment platform that delivers high-definition streaming and downloading, is not happy with "It remains to be seen whether Cox's techniques will withstand FCC scrutiny, particularly under a new FCC chairman to be appointed by President Obama, a known supporter of net neutrality," wrote Jay Monahan, Vuze's general counsel, on the company's blog.

Cox said Jan. 27 it plans "Here's what concerns us. While Cox may consider our content and business to be unimportant or of lower priority, all of the content we deliver through the Vuze HD Network is delivered using our Bittorrent-protocol-based technology," Monahan wrote. "Suffice it to say, our 10 million users who access over a petabyte of Vuze HD Network content every month care about 'delay' of their content."

In August 2008, the FCC ruled that Comcast violated the agency's Internet policy when it throttled P2P traffic by BitTorrent during times of peak network load. The agency also found that Comcast misled consumers by not properly disclosing its P2P policy.The FCC didn't fine Comcast, but ordered Comcast to stop blocking traffic, disclose to the FCC the full extent of the cable giant's traffic practices and keep the public informed of its future network management plans.


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