Comcast Pulls an About Face, Teams Up with BitTorrent for Net Neutrality

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Comcast has taken a lot of crap from everyone from the FCC to consumers, and they've been listening. In fact, they've decided to stop all the fussin' and the fuedin' and actually team up with BitTorrent for the sake of net neutrality. But of course, dear readers, there's a catch. There's always a catch.


First, the good news: Comcast and BitTorrent are joining forces to "run BitTorrent's technology more smoothly on Comcast's broadband network, and allow Comcast to transport video files more effectively over its own network in the future." Yes, Comcast is going to embrace net neutrality completely by the end of the year, allowing all sites and programs equal access to bandwidth. Hey, that's a change of policy, right? Can't complain about that. That doesn't mean Comcast is now the ISP of choice for heavy BT users, however.


Comcast CTO Tony Warner says that "Rather than slow traffic by certain types of applications - such as file-sharing software or companies like BitTorrent - Comcast will slow traffic for those users who consume the most bandwidth." So feel free to use BitTorrent, just don't use it too much or your speeds will dip down to nothing.

This will probably lead to the end of all-you-can-eat broadband plans and force heavy downloaders to pay extra for all their bandwidth in the near future. But hey, at least everything is on the level now, right? At least we think so. [WSJ via TorrentFreak]

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We can be all smarky about this, but the fact is the Comcast eventually realized that hiding their questionable practices was the wrong direction for their company. Apparently (at least for the time being) they have decided to be more transparent, and that is good for everyone. In fact, I would say that they can do whatever the heck they want on their lines, as long as they are open and honest about it.