According to the AP and NYtimes, Verizon is set to announce later today support for legal P2P filesharing companies and applications. Working with companies that use P2P and researchers at Yale University, Verizon will reportedly help P2P applications make more efficient use of the Net.
Verizon shared details about the structure of its network with the researchers and Pando in the ''P4P Working Group,'' created last summer, and they together created a system that connected users not randomly, but to other users close by.
In a traditional P2P network, if a Verizon customer downloads a file, only 6.3 percent of the data will come from another Verizon customer in the same city, said Doug Pasko, senior technologist at the company. In the ''P4P'' trial, 58 percent of the data came from nearby Verizon users, vastly reducing the company's cost of carrying the traffic.