Comcast comes clean, maybe:
I want free cake as much as the next guy – but I never understood how people thought they could expect Net Neutrality. I want ISP’s to compete on bandwidth and service. We have an almost-monopoly on broadband here, and that is a bigger issue (cough government intervention cough) than what happens with your packets. In an open market, no one would be able to get away with throttling bandwidth for very long.
The company uses data management technologies to conserve bandwidth and allow customers to experience the Internet without delays.
Pretty much every ISP limits the % of total network bandwidth that can be used by p2p software these days. I assure you, you have *no* *idea* just how much bandwidth those services are using.
Does this mean that “net neutrality” is already effectively history?
No. It is one thing for a network operator to say “bittorrent will only be allowed to consume 20% of our total network bandwidth”, and quite another for a network operator to say “user X will have to pay extra to access servers in domain or network block Y”.
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