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Comcast and BitTorrent Make Nice
Instead of blocking services, the ISP is asking the peer-to-peer for help.
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BitTorrent and Comcast are working together on better service.
March 27, 2008 by Rachel Cericola

If you can’t beat ‘em, partner with ‘em.

Comcast is talking with BitTorrent to build a bigger, better way to transport files over the web.

In the past, the service provider has taken some heat for blocking traffic for the file-sharing site, claiming it sucked up too much precious bandwidth. Sure, they are restoring service, but if you go to the well too often, the ISP could make your service feel like the days of dial-up.

“Rather than slow traffic by certain types of applications—such as file-sharing software or companies like BitTorrent—Comcast will slow traffic for those users who consume the most bandwidth,” said (via Broadcasting & Cable) Tony Warner, Comcast’s chief technology officer.

They aren’t the only service provider to do this; they are just the only one being called out on it (right now). Comcast says it will change its ways by the end of the year. However, that could mean additional fees for those that regularly use a lot of bandwidth.

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Rachel Cericola - Contributing Writer
Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.

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