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Comcast P2P blocking spurs calls for Net Neutrality
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Written by Daniel   
Saturday, 20 October 2007 09:49
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By Egan Orion: Friday, 19 October 2007, 10:58 PM

IN LESS THAN A DAY, an Associated Press (AP) story that Comcast blocks its customers Peer-to-Peer (P2P) connections has pinged around the Internet like a pinball, ringing bells at MSNBC and other AP subscribers and provoking hisses and catcalls at Slashdot as well as more boos and calls to action at Salon and even the lefty political activists' bog Daily Kos.

A Comcast subscriber in Hillsboro, Oregon, noticed intermittant interference with P2P file sharing through Gnutella and Edonkey earlier this year. When he saw other Comcast users complaining of similar problems on DSLreports.com forums, he and others figured out that Comcast is intentionally blocking their Internet P2P traffic.

Apparently Comcast accomplishes this using technology from the broadband network traffic management company Sandvine.
The technique Comcast uses at its Internet boundaries to interrupt P2P file transfers is to forge packets to both ends of the session telling them that the other machine closed the link... More
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