Verizon says it will work with, not fight, peer-to-peer file swappers on its network with a new technology called Proactive network Provider Participation (or P4P). Verizon says this technology can solve the bandwidth utilization challenges that surround peer-to-peer technology. Verizon's approach is in stark contrast to Comcast approach to P2P file swapping. Comcast is currently embroiled a controversy surrounding its admitted practice of slowing P2P traffic on its network.
It's unclear if the implementation of P4P technology would have any impact on the massive volumes of pirated content that is swapped online using P2P networks. However, Verizon has publicly stated its interesting in working with P2P companies that deliver legitimate media.
BitTorrent should implement this ASAP for their owns sake. This kind of ISP action should be encouraged because it is progressive in a way that it does not use throttling or other "easy" methods that ISPs can use to "solve" the problem.
With the new high speed networks coming out it is very important that all carriers be more proactive. The CDMA providers are working with WiMAX. I have heard rumors of over 200MBS per second over the air. Imagine having a simple device at home that can stream 50 movies at the same time using a cell tower. Amazing technology, seems to me that it would be easy to broadcast TV as well.
Just my random mumbles way early in the morning before my NYC flight in a few hours.
Wireless is not an answer for mass scale broadband usage - it will never be as fast as fiber optics and while it can improve browsing from mobiles big time, it simple has not got capacity to take over wires.
It's good that WiMAX is being developed though - mobile broadband will certainly benefit from it.
Every time I was forced to use P2P it was a bad experience. Most companies doing something legitimate see it as a way not to have to pay for bandwidth for their customers to downlaod what they are selling (read: make somebody else pay for it).
I've little sympathy for the movie and music industry (it's got a broken business model and is doing it's very best to alienate it's customers (suing them e.g.)), still that doesn't mean I got respect for the pirates either. Now the pirates the industry should worry about are the type that produces CD/DVDs in factories who actually hijack potential sales by their copy, not the 15y old kid at home with a coputer that would never buy a license of their content anyway.
Fiber to the home is overkill for most, it's a marketing gimmick. Copper based technology can go a long way.