The RIAA has filed comments to the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) urging it not to block anti-piracy efforts if it implements new ‘net neutrality’ rules. The rules would cover how ISPs are and aren’t allowed to manage their network traffic. The RIAA’s submission claims that P2P file-sharing applications account for more than 20% of the “total bytes that traverse the Internet”, and 17% of the bandwidth used in peak hours. “Put bluntly, huge amounts of the Internet’s bandwidth are tied up in unlawful traffic. Piracy wastes scarce network resources and crowds out legitimate uses of the network.” The RIAA says it’s not opposed to net neutrality per se, but is worried that it could prevent efforts to clamp down on illegal file-sharing. Source: Billboard
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