Collaboration Already Producing Results

By Roy Mark  |  Posted 2008-03-27 Print this article Print

"I am confident that, through this process, the FCC can come up with clear rules of the road that will benefit American consumers and provide much-needed certainty to both network operators and Internet entrepreneurs," Copps said.

BitTorrent, the P2P application vendor whose software allows users to rapidly download video files, issued a conciliatory statement about its agreement with Comcast.

"While we think there were other management techniques that could have been deployed, we understand why Comcast and other ISPs adopted the approach that they did initially," said Eric Klinker, BitTorrent's chief technology officer.

"Recognizing that the Web is richer and more bandwidth intensive than it has been historically, we are pleased that Comcast understands these changing traffic patterns and wants to collaborate with us to migrate to techniques that the Internet community will find to be more transparent."

Comcast said in a statement the collaboration with BitTorrent is already producing results. The cable giant said by the end of the year it would migrate to a capacity management technique that is protocol agnostic. Earlier this year, Comcast announced its plans for the deployment of wideband Internet services using the DOCSIS 3.0 standard, which will be available for up to 20 percent of Comcast's customers by the end of the year.

"This means that we will have to rapidly reconfigure our network management systems, but the outcome will be a traffic management technique that is more appropriate for today's emerging Internet trends," Comcast CTO Tony Werner said in a statement.

"We have been discussing this migration and its effects with leaders in the Internet community for the last several months, and we will refine, adjust and publish the technique based upon feedback and initial trial results."


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