Posted by: Tom Nolle
Broadband, Comcast, FCC, net neutrality, Peer2Peer
Comcast’s response to the FCC on its traffic management policies seems to promise a future where operators may be moving to metered capacity or to pay-for-excess plans like those already adopted elsewhere. The network operators who provide broadband access to the Internet have, for years, complained that applications were being created that drove their traffic up and generated no compensatory revenue. YouTube is the most popular example. The most immediate problem for cable operators, however, has been the P2P and server activity that congests the narrow, shared, uplink cable provides. The interesting fact is that solving this problem and creating a broader pay-as-you-go strategy for traffic in either direction creates a similar strategy, and we believe access operators are preparing to begin to turn the tap overall unless they can figure out how to monetize.