It looks like Cox is taking another swing at limiting the speeds at which certain subscribers can download. Fortunately this is only happening (initially) in test markets of Kansas and Arkansas. According to the company’s web site, the following traffic will be prioritized or de-prioritized based on whether Cox deems the traffic time sensitive or non-time sensitive. No surprise that FTP and P2P file sharers will undoubtedly take a big hit:
Below is a break-down of the time-sensitivity of the various types of traffic that travel the Cox network. Any traffic that is not specifically classified will be treated as time-sensitive.
* Web (Web surfing, including web-based email and chat embedded in web pages)
* VoIP (Voice over IP, telephone calls made over the Internet)
* IM (Instant messages, including related voice and webcam traffic)
* Streaming (Web-based audio and video programs)
* Games (Online interactive games)
* Tunneling & Remote Connectivity (VPN-type services for telecommuting)
* Other (Any service not categorized into another area)
* File Access (Bulk transfers of data such as FTP)
* Network Storage (Bulk transfers of data for storage)
* P2P (Peer to peer protocols)
* Software Updates (Managed updates such as operating system updates)
* Usenet (Newsgroup related)
My guess? If they’re allowed to roll this out then you’ll ultimately see more of the “Time Sensitive” stuff rolled into the “Non-Time Sensitive” category for which in my opinion the carriers will
attempt to extort charge a premium for.