Last updated: February 21, 2008 - 12:05pm
VERIZON: NO 'NEED' TO DEGRADE P2P TRAFFIC... YET
[SOURCE: C-Net|News.com, AUTHOR: Anne Broache]
Verizon Communications doesn't currently block or slow down peer-to-peer file-sharing applications like BitTorrent on its broadband network, but it can't rule out doing so in the future, Verizon executive vice president Tom Tauke said Monday. Verizon has "more robust" networks than its cable competitors, in part because its customers have direct lines to their homes, rather than sharing capacity with the rest of their block or neighborhood. Because of that set-up, "we see no need at the current time to slow peer-to-peer traffic," Tauke said in response to a reporter's question during a roundtable discussion at the company's offices here. Still, he also talked at length about the importance of what he variously called "legitimate" and "appropriate" network management in ensuring the network runs smoothly for all subscribers.
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