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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    tim, 28 Jan 2009 @ 5:11pm

    on the subject of p2p

    how would things like this affect gaming? the main game I play is halo3 on xbox live, and while it uses servers to create the games and connect the players, as soon as the game start it IS a p2p transfer service. Would a paid gaming service then get blocked by isp data sniffers? and would their data sniffing introduce a noticable increase in lag/latency to make games unplayable?

    btw, I am in Australia, where we currently have NO unlimited internet. I have to pay $69/month, to get adsl2+(20mbit theoretical max) with 10gb of peak downloads(10am - 2am) and 15gb of off peak downloads. Once I use this up, my connection speed gets shaped to 64kbps. Believe me, internet shaping is the devil.

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