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Comcast and BitTorrent make nice

Comcast + BitTorrent

Comcast has agreed to stop throttling BitTorrent traffic. Well, kind of. What Comcast is really promising is to develop a "capacity management technique that is protocol agnostic." In other words, Comcast still reserves the right to limit your downloads, but hopes to develop a method that will do this whether you're using a web browser, FTP client, or BitTorrent software. Gee, that makes us feel better.

Another interesting note is that BitTorrent is both a protocol and the name of a particular company. Comcast has been in discussions with BitTorrent Inc, but we honestly don't know that many folks who actually use BitTorent Inc's software. So while the company has pledged to develop BitTorrent client software optimized for "a new broadband network architecture," the agreement won't matter much unless other popular BitTorrent clients like Azureus and µTorrent also adopt the technology.

In case you're wondering what led to Comcast's change of heart (if that's what it is), we're going to go out on a limb and assume it might have had something to do with an FCC investigation that may or may not have eventually cost the company billions, or even trillions of dollars.

[via GigaOm]

Tags: azureus, bittorrent, comcast, internet-traffic, ustream

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