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Mark Cuban: ISPs should ban P2P traffic

Posted on Saturday, November 24 2007 @ 00:50:43 CET by

Dot-com billionaire Mark Cuban has written an open letter to ISPs that they should block all P2P traffic:
Cuban expresses concerns that P2P "freeloaders" are clogging the tubes with commercial content. His letter doesn't focus on piracy, however, and instead primarily attacks companies that use P2P for legitimate commercial applications. We're always interested to read the musings of Mr. Cuban, but this time we're pretty sure he's missed the point.

"If I was a Comcast customer, I would tell them, as I am now telling all the services I am a customer of: BLOCK P2P TRAFFIC, PLEASE. As a consumer, I want my Internet experience to be as fast as possible. The last thing I want slowing my Internet service down are P2P freeloaders," says Cuban. "Thats right, P2P content distributors are nothing more than freeloaders. The only person/organization that benefits from P2P usage are those that are trying to distribute content and want to distribute it on someone else's bandwidth dime... When consumers provide their bandwidth to assist commercial applications, they are subsidizing those commercial applications which if it isn't already, should be against an ISPs terms of service."

This argument comes from the man who funded Grokster's legal defense back in the day and invested approximately $1.7 million in P2P company Red Swoosh. Cuban has been focused on the problems of bandwidth to the home for some time, however, telling Ars in 2006 that he is in favor of a tiered Internet.
Read more at ARS Technica.



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