Items tagged "P2P"

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MixApp: Group Listening in Your Living Room — On Your Desktop

March 19, 2009 Fair Use , P2P , Piracy

If you were to take your living room, complete with stereo and a few friends in lounge chairs, and shrink it down enough to squeeze it into the Internet’s tubes, you’d have MixApp. MixApp – currently in an invite-only beta – allows groups of friends to create virtual rooms where they can chat while they listen to a shared playlist. The music can come from multiple users’ libraries, and can be rearranged by anyone in the room. Everyone in the room hears the same music at the same time. And while right now, it’s Mac-only, PC and iPhone versions are on the way.

Sound familiar? It should. It’s a lot like what happens when you invite some friends over and listen to CDs at your house. The primary difference is that your friends can be in the room or across the country. And for groups of friends who share music as a common interest, MixApp provides an incredible opportunity to connect and share where distance was once an insurmountable barrier. So where's the catch?

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Some Middle Ground: How Cox Can Trust Its Customers, Control Congestion, and Preserve Net Neutrality

January 30, 2009 Broadband , Internet Protocol , Network Neutrality , P2P

To some, Cox's forthcoming traffic discrimination is an unequivocal violation of net neutrality (NN). The network is the gatekeeper; its terms of use, the law. A bit is no longer just a bit, first come is not first served, and our communication space is ever less Free.

But to others, traffic discrimination just makes sense. If the network is congested then the network has to drop some packets. Some types of traffic need speed but not throughput, while others need throughput not speed. So customers benefit when the congested network drops packets based on whether it has to get out in a hurry to be valuable.

Both views are right.

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‘Tis the Season Part II: Broadband Stimulus

December 18, 2008 FCC , Internet Protocol , Municipal Wi-Fi , Network Neutrality , P2P

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to meet with representatives of the Presidental Transition’s FCC review team and a few like-minded public interest organizations to talk about what a broadband stimulus package should look like. The main question: if Congress allocates some stimulus money for broadband-related purposes, what would we propose to do with it and what would those proposals accomplish for the economy and our national broadband infrastructure? While a number of great ideas were discussed which would stimulate investment and create jobs, there were some underlying themes which we think any plan should embody: infrastructure improvement, competition, and openness.

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Higher Ed Needs an IT Policy Task Force

August 14, 2008 Broadband , FCC , Network Neutrality , P2P , Piracy

For the second straight year, I addressed the EDUCAUSE/Cornell Institute for Computer Policy and Law, held at Cornell’s beautiful campus. The Institute gathers 50+ higher education information technology (IT) professionals – usually campus CTOs, librarians and legal counsels, and teaches them the substantive particulars of IT policy issues and advises them how to be strong advocates.

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George Ou: Protocol Agnostic doesn’t mean Protocol Agnostic

July 17, 2008 Broadband , FCC , Filtering , Network Neutrality , P2P

George Ou, the former Technical Director of ZDNet, has found a new job where he continues to lead the technology sector by publishing innovative thoughts and ideas – sometimes not necessarily his own.

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Comcast’s Right Hand Admits FCC Jurisdiction, Left Hand Declines to Comment

July 7, 2008 Broadband , FCC , Internet Protocol , Network Neutrality , P2P

For months, Comcast spokespeople have been deny, deny, denying that the FCC has the power to do anything about Comcast’s throttling of BitTorrent traffic. Now, in papers filed as part of a class action lawsuit against Comcast, Comcast has gone the opposite direction, asserting that because “these issues are within the subject matter jurisdiction of the FCC, and because the FCC is actively investigating them,” the judge should put the suit on hold until the FCC renders a decision. The court has agreed, staying the case until the FCC acts.

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Flash Gets Flashier With P2P

May 20, 2008 Internet Protocol , Network Neutrality , P2P

If you haven’t heard yet, a beta of Adobe's Flash Player Version 10 is available for download. It offers a host of new features, but one has implications that blow the others out of the water: built-in peer-to-peer. That’s right, all the tools necessary to build a p2p client will be built into the Flash plug-in.

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Taking Net Neutrality to the Hill

April 22, 2008 Broadband , FCC , Internet Protocol , Network Neutrality , P2P

I just got back from a [Senate](http://senate.gov/) [Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee](http://commerce.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Home.Home) [hearing](http://commerce.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Hearings.Hearing&Hearing_ID=4c66f979-3001-490a-a985-5be63951adb7) on the future of the Internet. Much was said on both sides of the panelist table, so I’ll just take a moment to hit some highlights: competition and innovation, media consolidation and content, and FCC authority. One disclaimer: this summary represents (of course) how I interpreted the statements at the hearing. Where I can, I’ve included timestamps into the video; if you want more detail, [watch the hearing](rtsp://video.webcastcenter.com/srs_g2/commerce042208.rm) direct from the Senate’s web site. Also, check out our [press release](https://www.publicknowledge.org/node/1533).

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VIDEO: FCC hearing on Network Management at Stanford

April 18, 2008 Broadband , FCC , Network Neutrality , P2P , Piracy

Yesterday, the FCC took a field trip to the campus of Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. There it heard from two panels of experts and policy shapers on the issue of network management and more broadly net neutrality. If you didn’t see it, or listen to the FCC’s stream of it, thankfully, it’s been video recorded and put on the web…

Panel I: Network Management and Consumer Expectations

Professor Lessig presented one of his illustrative keynotes at the start, and apparently he recorded the live audio and dubbed it to the video later:

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Comcast: Beaten, But Not Defeated

April 1, 2008 Broadband , FCC , Internet Protocol , Network Neutrality , P2P

Comcast has sent a letter to FCC Chairman Kevin Martin clarifying last week’s announcement that they were in discussions with BitTorrent, Inc. about how to improve Comcast’s network management. In short: Comcast has “admitted” nothing, they do not “block” applications or “discriminate,” and the old system they say they will be replacing is still completely legitimate. It seems that Comcast thinks that the FCC needs to keep on investigating the petition as much as we do.

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