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Who's spending the most to win the hearts and minds of Congress in the war on net neutrality? Verizon and AT&T, of course. Followed by—guess who?—Comcast. In other words, the companies that stand to lose money if the internet remains free and open are trying to shut it down.
Cox, the U.S.’s third largest ISP announced the new policy the company will follow henceforth which includes a discriminatory treatment targeting traffic that involves downloading files online, CNET reports. The company divides Internet traffic into two categories: time-sensitive and nontime-sensitive, with the former taking the priority during the congested hours. The time sensitive category includes:
Google offers a new tool which file sharers can use to find out if their local ISP is interfering with their Internet traffic Google, well known for its favourable stanza when it comes to net neutrality, has launched a new set of tools – Measurement Lab (M-Lab) – created as a device for testing the
Comcast to Redeem Itself – The Cable Provider Now Practices “Reasonable Network Management” Comcast wasted no time and started to meet those new year resolutions already. The company has respected its pledge to introduce a protocol agnostic network management policy by the end of 2008, consistent with requirements by Federal Communications Commission. The FCC received
UK Internet service provider Virgin Media is working on implementing new technology to specifically monitor and limit BitTorrent traffic in 2009, what Wired calls a reversal of its support for net neutrality. Currently, the company’s policy is to reduce the speed of those users with the largest volume of traffic at peak evening times. According