[NANOG] [Nanog] P2P traffic optimization Was: Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics [Was: Re: ATT VP: Internet to hit capacity by 2010]

michael.dillon at bt.com michael.dillon at bt.com
Thu Apr 24 08:52:42 CDT 2008

> Won't this approach (using a ISP-managed intermediate) 
> ultimately end up being co-opted by the lawyers for the 
> various industry "interest groups" 
> and thus be ignored by the p2p users?

To bring this back to network operations, it doesn't much
matter what lawyers and end users do. The bottom line is that
if P2P traffic takes up too much bandwidth at the wrong points
of the network or the wrong times of day, then ISPs will do things
like blocking it, disrupting connections(Comcast), and traffic
shaping (artificial congestion). The end users will get slower
downloads as a result. 

Or, everybody can put their heads together, make something that
works for ISPs operationally, and give the end users faster
downloads. The whole question is how to multicast content over
the Internet in the most cost effective way.

--Michael Dillon

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