Network end users to pull down 2 gigabytes a day, continuously?

Simon Lockhart simon at
Tue Jan 9 22:45:30 UTC 2007

On Mon Jan 08, 2007 at 10:26:30PM -0500, Gian Constantine wrote:
> My contention is simple. The content providers will not allow P2P  
> video as a legal commercial service anytime in the near future.  
> Furthermore, most ISPs are going to side with the content providers  
> on this one. Therefore, discussing it at this point in time is purely  
> academic, or more so, diversionary.

In my experience, content providers want to use P2P because it "reduces" 
their distribution costs (in quotes, because I'm not convinced it does, in
the real world). Content providers don't care whether access providers like 
P2P or not, just whether it works or not.

On one hand, access providers are putting in place rate limiting or blocking
of P2P (subject to discussions of how effective those are), but on the other
hand, content providers are saying that P2P is the future...


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