Report: Cox also guilty of blocking BitTorrent traffic

“Cox Communications appears to be interfering with file-sharing by its Internet subscribers in the same manner that has landed Comcast Corp. in hot water with regulators, according to research obtained by The Associated Press,” Peter Svensson reports for AP.

“A study based on the participation of 8,175 Internet users around the world found conclusive signs of blocked file-sharing connections only at three Internet service providers: Comcast and Cox in the U.S. and StarHub in Singapore,” Svensson reports.

“Of the 788 Comcast subscribers who participated in the study, 491, or 62 percent, had their connections blocked. At Cox, 82 out of 151 subscribers, or 54 percent, were blocked, according to Krishna Gummadi at the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems in Saarbruecken, Germany,” Svensson reports.

“Consumer advocate groups and legal scholars criticized the interference, saying that letting an ISP selectively block some connections makes it a gatekeeper to the Internet. Their complaints prompted the Federal Communications Commission to launch an investigation, which is ongoing,” Svensson reports.

Much more in the full article here.

27 Comments

  1. No one should be surprised by this. It is a very bad idea to allow one company to control the Internet pipeline and sell entertainment content.

    Like Comcast Cable, Cox is positioning itself to fend off an assault by Apple, Amazon, Netflix and Blockbuster Online for Internet video sales.

    This is the first step in that process. Their problem is this: it’s already too late. Cable companies have squandered any good will they might have once had with customers by constantly raising prices while delivering poor new digital service, especially HDTV.

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