Is Comcast Flirting with Net Neutrality

By vmazek
In Cloud
May 8, 2012

I’ve noticed that couple of blog entries have popped up on the internet this week regarding Comcast rewriting DSCP bits that pass through their services. So as Berg and Rayburn point out and document this action violates the spirit of net neutrality. Obviously, we have no proof that they’re actually taking action these tags beyond the using it to perhaps accounts for Bandwidth caps on a per house hold basis.

So as of right this moment there may or may not be any reason to be concerned about anything here other than noticing that perhaps they’re just trying to track packets through the network and putting them in separate accounting bucket. We could even go a step further and say they have faith that Net Neutrality will fall and they’re just getting ready for that time. However, the fact that they’re tracking this should open up our eyes in the direction on Cloud services. Currently, video services are the biggest bandwidth hogs in the Cloud, but what happens when these carriers decide to reach further down the pipe and monitor/filter additional traffic? Perhaps this is just the beginning of tiered packages ala mobile devices?

These are the types of questions you should be asking yourself. This line of questioning should then extend to the carriers you’re evaluating for your client’s internet connection. Will broadband providers start providing clear documentation on what they will/wont do to your client’s traffic.