U.S. ISPs to speed up P2P transfers

The biggest U.S. Internet service providers, which include the largest phone and cable companies, will roll out updates to their network over the next two months that promise to make some peer-to-peer traffic faster and more efficient, we have learned. The results won't be immediate for consumers or ISPs, but the updates could make P2P […]

The biggest U.S. Internet service providers, which include the largest phone and cable companies, will roll out updates to their network over the next two months that promise to make some peer-to-peer traffic faster and more efficient, we have learned.

The results won't be immediate for consumers or ISPs, but the updates could make P2P downloads faster or video streams better over time. And just as important, the updates could someday save service providers money on bandwidth and capex -- which their investors would welcome. The upgrades could also potentially rejuvate the peer-to-peer content delivery industry, which -- despite high expectations -- hasn't been able to win much business from big media clients.

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