Comcast’s Packet Forging Opens An Uncertain Future For Broadband Access
Posted by telecommatt on October 22, 2007
Instead of passing the legitimate e-mail through its network, Comcast’s traffic monitoring tool (likely Sandvine) is sitting in the middle, imitating both ends of the connecti
Personally, I feel that Comcast offers the best product (assuming everything is working properly) that is available in my area. I’m no longer a customer, but I was very happy with the company when I was. However, I am getting more and more disturbed the more I hear about Comcast’s packet forging.
While I understand the need to keep illegal content from being passed over their network, I fear the growing trend of controlling the content that is being passed. Is it really up to Comcast’s discretion? How long will it be before we need Comcast’s permission to use a certain protocol on their network? Will we soon see a ‘protocol blacklist’ posted in the Comcast user help section of Comcast.net?