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Comcast To Quit Controversial Congestion Management Practice

Comcast, in a joint statement with BitTorrent, today said that by the end of 2008 it will abandon the controversial practice of responding to network congestion by degrading BitTorrent and other selected peer-to-peer traffic, in favor of a “protocol agnostic” approach. CDT applauds the new announcement because it appears to call for exactly the kind of evenhanded and transparent approach that CDT has advocated. The announcement also calls for cooperation to make peer-to-peer systems more bandwidth-efficient, another welcome development.