AP has (apparently) confirmed that Comcast is blocking Bittorrent regularly. A back-of-my-envelope thought on this matter is that they are saving bandwidth to sell to other people, so it’s part of their business model to manage the network traffic through their backbones. Seems that this will have continuing impacts on their customers and the ongoing debate over network neutrality.
Which brings me to a thought I’ve had in times past. I’ll preface this thought with the statement that I’m a network moron. I have some vague notion of how packets bounce around the world via copper and fiber and other transmission streams, but no firm knowledge. That being stated, I think that there is a market for newly built residential subdivisions to have super-high-speed internet built in to the homes. If a large subdivision were to have its own fiber drop, and optical connections into every house, that would be a selling point for a lot of people, especially here in Atlanta. I would certainly be willing to entertain a large up-front cost that was rolled into my mortgage. Maintenance could be part of a homeowners agreement. Then we wouldn’t be dealing with the crappy customer service that Comcast or AT&T deals out to their little customers. We’d be a major commerical customer who would require better upkeep.
It’s a thought. I wonder if this is happening anywhere?