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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.
Verizon Adopts Next Generation P4P File Swapping Technology [blogs.pcworld.com]
Just my random mumbles way early in the morning before my NYC flight in a few hours.
It's good that WiMAX is being developed though - mobile broadband will certainly benefit from 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.