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Cox does a Comcast on eDonkey


If you understood the title, then you are indeed up-to-date on your IT news. In case you didn't get it though - Like Comcast, Cox Communications is pulling the same trick of hindering peer-to-peer traffic, if a report by The Register is to be believed.

Excerpt from The Register:

According to Robb Topolski - the networking guru who first revealed that Comcast was busting BitTorrent back in May. Cox is using some sort of network hardware tool to sever connections on another P2P service, eDonkey. "I'm seeing the same thing with Cox and eDonkey that I saw with Comcast," Topolski told us.

When an eDonkey client attempts to trade a file with another, the ISP is sending a duped reset flag that breaks the peer-to-peer connection. In essence, peer-to-peer users are prevented from seeding files.

When confronted by the folks at The Register, Cox gave them the canned statement that they reserves the right to "manage" high-bandwidth traffic.

Topolski is still performing tests, and he also hopes to determine whether Cox is doing the same to BitTorrent as well.

If the major ISPs start enforcing bandwidth throttling or "management," does that mean consumers will eventually have no choice but accept it as a prerequisite for accessing the Internet?

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Paul Mah is a writer and blogger who lives in Singapore, where he has worked for a number of years in various capacities within the IT industry. Paul enjoys tinkering with tech gadgets, smartphones, and networking devices.

7 comments
John Musbach
John Musbach

While this is a bummer for the P2P community this isn't a complete loss. P2P networks have limited legal usefulness and as such this throttling is good in that it will encourage users to look for alternative ways of obtaining the software and music they are after, many of the alternatives being legal purchasing of the music/software. - John Musbach

kiazhi
kiazhi

If ISP are going to throttle the internet speed, why should we pay for a service provided by them? In this current customer service centric environment, it will be stupid for them to throttle the speed of the internet.

Letophoro
Letophoro

It's the targeting of certain types of traffic and is not bandwidth throttling.

paulmah
paulmah

If the major ISPs start enforcing bandwidth throttling or ?management,? does that mean consumers will eventually have no choice but accept it as a prerequisite for accessing the Internet?

Donnchad
Donnchad

I can't say I'm completely surprised. I think this will become a new trend for ISPs.. especially ginormous ones like Comcast and AT&T. It's a shame too.. I didn't even know it was legal to throttle bandwidth until I started working for a major ISP.

ManiacMan
ManiacMan

They can't guarantee squat if they are choking the bandwidth, but then again, if they don't put an end to all this P2P and torrent nonsense, they won't have much of a network to offer.

Dr Dij
Dr Dij

The cable broadband providers have limited bandwidth. Maybe this is different in Singapore where I hear everyone has 100mb connections for almost no cost? Should other users suffer from file sharers who should instead put files on high speed nets at data centers but don't because these are probably illegal files they are sharing generally and hosted DCs don't allow this? http://techrepublic.com.com/5208-6230-0.html?forumID=102&threadID=245027&messageID=2365946 why should VoIP users at home for example suffer because some idiot is sharing 4gig movies? If the internet is like the amazon, 6 miles wide, the at home cable conx are like the far upper tributaries where you have to get out of your big ship and jump into a canoe. Lets have the Warani shoot some poison arrows into these bozos. Shrunken heads make nice gifts over the mantle for newly wed couples! Don't get me wrong; when govts start limiting free speech, (and I don't mean the freedom to steal movies) P2P can come in handy. But that's not what most users are doing with it. And you probably agreed when signing up with the cable companies that you would not be running servers out of your home without paying more for their biz services. P2P is definitely a file server.

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