Sunday, September 21, 2008

Sandvine Confirms DPI Deployment for Comcast's "Fairshare"

Comcast has selected Sandvine's Congestion Management for Fairshare initiative. Comcast's selection of the solution was documented in certain recent filings made by Comcast with the Federal Communications Commission. Terms of the agreement have not yet been finalized but Sandvine anticipates that commercial deployment of the product will commence sometime in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2008.

  • In August 2008, the FCC released its order requiring Comcast to end discriminatory network management practices. Specifically, the FCC is requiring Comcast within 30 days to disclose the details of their unreasonable network management practices, submit a compliance plan describing how it intends to stop these unreasonable management practices by the end of the year, and disclose to both the Commission and the public the details of the network management practices that it intends to deploy following termination of its current practices. The order is posted online.

    On August 1st, the FCC ruled that Comcast's management of its broadband Internet networks contravenes federal policies that protect the vibrant and open nature of the Internet. Specifically, the FCC concluded that by monitoring the content of its customers' traffic and selectively blocking certain peer-to-peer connections, Comcast unduly interfered with Internet users' right to access the lawful Internet content and to use the applications of their choice.

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