2008 should have been a good year for P2P startups. The FCC ruled that ISPs canít block BitTorrent and other distributed protocols, the growing importance of HD was increasingly making P2P look like a viable solution, and the P4P folks even came up with a way to increase the speed of P2P downloads while appeasing ISPs at the same time.

And yet the industry continued to struggle, especially some of its bigger players. BitTorrent Inc. cut two-thirds of its staff, saw the departure of its co-founder as well as its CEO and had to pay back millions of dollars of funding while Vuze had two rounds of layoffs. Unfortunately, it doesnít look like the P2P industry has turned the corner quite yet, even though there are some opportunities ahead in 2009. Continue reading on Newteevee.com.

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