Verizon and Pando will use today’s DCIA conference in New York to release test results of a system aimed at reducing the impact of P2P traffic on ISPs. AP reported about this first, promising that the system will make P2P downloads up to six times faster while at the same time reducing the costs for ISPs. CNet added a few more details about the technology known as “P4P,” including the obvious fact that you really won’t see much higher speeds with a basic DSL line that’s already maxed out by your downloads. FIOS customers, on the other hand, should be able to tell the difference.

P4P is the result of a joint working group that includes P2P companies and ISPs as well as researchers from Yale that have been working on optimizing P2P networks for years. Here’s how it works, and what it means for your torrent downloads: Continue reading at

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