Verizon Says They're Embracing P2P
And is in fact working to make (at least legal) P2P more efficient
Verizon says they're embracing the use of P2P traffic on their network, and have in fact been working with Yale researchers and P2P developers to make P2P transfers on their network more efficient. Under the banner of the P4P Research Group
(pdf), the research has focused on making a protocol that saves transit time by only serving file parts from local peers to reduce hops, according to the Associated Press
In a traditional P2P network, if a Verizon customer downloads a file, only 6.3 percent of the data will come from another Verizon customer in the same city, said Doug Pasko, senior technologist at the company. In the "P4P" trial, 58 percent of the data came from nearby Verizon users, vastly reducing the company's cost of carrying the traffic.
Does serving from local peers only reduce the total number of peers? It's not clear, because this is little more than a press release just yet. The full data on their research is set to be revealed this afternoon, but the company pre-briefed CNET
, who has more detail on the system, and some pretty bold claims:
Verizon broadband subscribers also saw a benefit when the P4P protocol was used. Customers using Verizon's all-fiber network called Fios saw movies downloading on average twice as fast as when they used the traditional P2P software. Some customers saw as much as a 6x improvement in download speeds, Pasko said.
Before FiOS users rush to the Pirate Bay to download the latest AXXO release, note that Verizon says they'll only be using this technology for "legit" P2P content distribution. That said, Verizon has stated they won't be blocking or impeding traditional P2P use. The embracing of P2P is a welcome decision in the light of Comcast's effort to throttle upstream P2P traffic (legit or not) and AT&T's decision to implement piracy filters that probably won't work.