S.Korea broadband firm sues Netflix after traffic surge

Matthew Walster matthew at walster.org
Mon Oct 11 20:57:20 UTC 2021

On Mon, 11 Oct 2021 at 21:05, Matthew Petach <mpetach at netflight.com> wrote:

> I think it would be absolutely *stunning* for content providers
> to turn the model on its head; use a bittorrent like model for
> caching and serving content out of subscribers homes at
> recalcitrant ISPs, so that data doesn't come from outside,
> it comes out of the mesh within the eyeball network, with
> no clear place for the ISP to stick a $$$ bill to.

Ignoring for the moment that P2P is inherently difficult to stream with
(you're usually downloading chunks in parallel, and with devices like Smart
TVs etc you don't really have the storage to do so anyway) there's also the
problem that things like BitTorrent don't know network topology and
therefore only really increases the cross-sectional bandwidth required.

Not to mention that it has been tried before, and didn't work then either.

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