Cox Gets Aggressive With Traffic Shaping

from the taunting-the-fcc dept

In a move that's basically baiting the FCC and Congress to see if they will act, Cox has announced that it's going to experiment with rather aggressive traffic shaping, granting priority to bits that it feels have a great priority. Why Cox gets to describe what gets a priority and what doesn't seems pretty questionable. Cox is also the company that implemented a three strikes policy on file sharing without telling anyone.

To be honest, this seems like a really tone deaf move by Cox -- and I'd imagine that plenty of telcos and cable companies are pissed off about Cox calling extra attention to the topic right now. There's been plenty of talk of new net neutrality regulations in Congress, and with Cox putting the issue so squarely on the table, it's as if they're begging for such regulations (or at least to be slapped down by the FCC). You would think they would at least wait until it wasn't an issue getting so much attention before drawing extra scrutiny and daring regulators to act.

Filed Under: net neutrality, regulation, traffic shaping
Companies: cox, fcc


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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 28 Jan 2009 @ 12:53pm

    Re: 'file downloads'

    I'd prefer that our ISPs provide more bandwidth at lower prices. Average US download speed has dropped to 19th place in the world, at 2.3 mbps, while Japan is in 1st place at 63 mbps. For lowest average price per mbps per month, the US is in 18th place at $2.83 PPP, while Japan again is 1st at $0.13 PPP. For lowest average monthly bill, the US is 22nd at $53.06, while Finland is 1st at $31.18 PPP.

    I hope the Obama administration can do something to improve this situation, as our IPSs have failed to do much beyond trying to squeeze more money from their inadequate, old services.

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