Friday, November 16, 2007

VUZE asks FCC to stop ISP's from blocking P2P traffic

As expected, Comcast traffic-shaping stealthy policies are becoming a messy affair:

Vuze has filed a petition to the FCC to set rules for ISPs network managment, and prevent them from blocking P2P traffic.

Vuze, formerly known as Azureus, uses the BitTorrent protocol to distribute video in partnership with movie studios and television networks including the BBC, Showtime and PBS. It also distributes PC games, music videos, and audio files - all in a completely legal form - and is used by over 12 million users worldwide.

Broadband providers often promote their services as being necessary for watching video online, but then they slow access to a service like Vuze's, said John Fernandes, Vuze's vice president of marketing


"The ISPs cannot decide unilaterally what to do with third-party Internet services such as us," added Gilles BianRosa, the company's CEO.

At least one other Comcast customer has also filed a class-action lawsuit against the company traffic blocking policy. And I wouldn't be surprised to see more people joining in.Hopefuly this will show ISPs around the world they can't do whatever they want without consequences.

Via [PCWorld]

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