Comcast’s New ToS: Company Admits to Tampering with P2P Traffic

In Comcast’s new Terms of Service, the company explicitly admits that it degrades peer-to-peer traffic as a means of reducing their network load.

The company also admits that they will kick off end users who use (what they determine to be) too much bandwidth:

The Service is for personal and non-commercial residential use only. Therefore, Comcast reserves the right to suspend or terminate Service accounts where bandwidth consumption is not characteristic of a typical residential user of the Service as determined by the company in its sole discretion.

Harold Feld has a great explanation of why Comcast blocks p2p and boots the heaviest users: they don’t want to invest in the infrastructure to improve capacity, and they don’t want to use tiered pricing.

If only we could get network neutrality legislation…

(Link via Marvin Ammori (who ROCKS), guest blogging for