If that's true, then 60-70 million of us who think we have Internet access don't, and only a few dozen companies actually do.
No, I don't think that's it.
I have a public IP address, I can do host-host communication -- that's what I wanted when I subscribed, that's what I got. Like it or not, Comcast's network is part of the Internet. Same with Verizon DSL.
Imagine, half of all American, blocked! Could have happened, if...
Users have been able to win over nefariousness due to plentiful choices and crafty (and what should be unnecessary) obfuscation. ISP-level DPI is an incredible game-changer. Today's DPI -- which not only can peer into packets but look at trends among them -- and delay, block, or change whatever it doesn't like or recognize -- can win the war. Lack of consumer choice further frustrates the ability to get around bad network policies.
When only two ISPs, Comcast and Cox targeted P2P, they essentially put in a one-way (outward) block on legal P2P traffic on just under a third of America's broadband connections. (17 million of 55 million 2007 subscribers, 31%). Had mega-ISP AT&T joined in alone, it would be half. Or, if either Verizon or Time Warner joined with Charter, Cablevision, Qwest, or Embarq as #3 and #4 to use Sandvine RSTs, then Sandvine would have blocked half of all Americans -- within only 3 or 4 ISPs as customers. Imagine, half of all American broadband subscribers at risk of having their freedoms being blocked at the whim of the monopoly ISP!
The FCC is our regulator for broadband. It acted properly and narrowly in the Comcast case, but the threat continues. While there is still some freedom left, it's fading and it's worth protecting. Sandvine has infected the Comcast network for nearly two years (and still going). The FCC is our cop and until consumers can switch bad broadband providers for good ones, we need that cop on our beat to protect Americans.
Forged RST packets sent for Comcast-2-Comcast Xfers
"it's telling that forged RST packets were only ever sent for Bittorrent connections that extended beyond Comcast's network."
In so much as Comcast was sold a bag of goods by Sandvine, the following does not change your ultimate conclusion. But the facts are that Sandvine actually does interfere with Comcast-to-Comcast connections as long as they're between Metropolitan areas.
This is because the device is installed in each metro area.
When I wrote the original article about this about a year ago, I made the incorrect assumption that Comcast's network was a single footprint and a single perimeter. It turns out that it has multiple footprints, each having its own perimeter.