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RE: Can P2P applications learn to play fair on networks?
On Mon, 29 Oct 2007, Fred Reimer wrote:
That and the fact that an ISP would be aiding and abetting illegal activities, in the eyes of the RIAA and MPAA. That's not to say that technically it would not be better, but that it will never happen due to political and legal issues, IMO.
Although caching has been very popular outside the USA, in particular in countries with very expensive trans-oceanic circuits, in the USA caching
is mostly a niche service for ISPs. The issue in the USA is more likely
the cost of operating and maintaing the caching systems are more expensive than the operational cost of the bandwidth in the USA.
Despite some claims from people that ISPs should just shovel packets, some US ISPs have used various caching systems for a decade.
It would be a shame to make Squid illegal for ISPs to use.