I Want My P2P

In the ongoing bluff festival being sponsored by the CRTC over the traffic shaping of internet content (read blocking of P2P) it seems that most participants don’t see the obvious. The current lot of carriers are forgetting their history.

I want my model T

When North Americans started to use the motor car a hue and cry to regulate the use, speed, and operating locations was instituted in every city who thought they smelled a car. Onerous regulation and operating constraints could not stop the torrent of automobiles.

I want my fax machine

In the recent past, I recall the mass adoption of the fax machine (it replaced the TWX or Telex) which the carriers believed was “eating their lunch” since massive amounts of “data” was being transmitted on the voice network. In both cases obstructions, regulations and endless gnashing of teeth was not going to stop it. P2P is here to stay and will get bigger and more ubiquitous.

I want my work content

It seems to us that P2P is a significant opportunity for innovation within the world of collaboration. In our own work we have used a number of P2P applications for work with our clients such as;

  1. Skype (communications)
  2. Groove (file sharing and collaboration)
  3. ICQ (communications)
  4. WebDAV (File sharing)

The extent to which applications are being throttled by certain ISPs is ridiculous today. Our ISP provides a D/U of about 9MB/0.5MB on a regular non-P2P basis but in using almost any P2P collaboration tool we can barely get 5KB/S. They are not shaping traffic, what they are doing is throttling my P2P to not exceed a certain level of throughput. If they were truly shaping traffic then at some time during the course of twenty four hours I should approach my maximum D/U capability.

Network throttling newspeak

Some rather uninformed statements were being made today about the the use if P2P such as;

P2P applications are not time sensitive…

Users don’t notice traffic throttling…

It’s statements like this that demonstrate that most carriers and ISPs do not understand how far the use of P2P applications are integrated into business use. In the vast majority of cases our use of P2P is time sensitive. As a collaborative partner within a network of people working on multiple interconnected projects we need the most current data now, not in 17 hours.

You can listen to the CRTC hearings here . Hmmm, the CRTC might benefit from using some P2P collaboration tools to collect comments from listeners. An interesting source of P2P news and advancements is P2PNet.

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