Comcast and Pando Networks to Lead Creation of 'P2P Bill of Rights and Responsibilities' for Peer-to-Peer Users and Internet Service Providers

Companies also announce plans to test Pando Network Aware(TM) P2P

technology on Comcast's network to identify faster and more efficient ways

to deliver legal P2P content

Apr 15, 2008, 01:00 ET from Comcast Corporation

    PHILADELPHIA and NEW YORK, April 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Comcast Corporation
 and Pando Networks, Inc. announced today they will lead an industry-wide
 effort to create a "P2P Bill of Rights and Responsibilities" (BRR) for
 peer-to-peer (P2P) users and Internet Service Providers (ISPs). The two
 companies plan to collaborate and engage with industry experts, other ISPs
 and P2P companies, content providers and others to set a framework for the
 BRR that can serve as a best practice. The purpose would be to clarify what
 choices and controls consumers should have when using P2P applications as
 well as what processes and practices ISPs should use to manage P2P
 applications running on their networks. For example, P2P users should have
 the right to control their computers' resources when using P2P
     In addition, Comcast and Pando plan to conduct a test of Pando Network
 Aware(TM) P2P technology on Comcast's fiber-optic network. The purpose of
 the test will be to capture and analyze the data flow associated with
 downloading a file using Pando's P2P application. These tests, along with
 tests Pando will conduct on a variety of other ISP networks, including
 cable, DSL, fiber and wireless, will measure things like performance,
 speed, distance and geography as well as the bandwidth consumption impact
 to the ISP. Comcast, Pando and the P4P Working Group plan to publish the
 results of these tests so other ISPs can benefit from understanding how P2P
 applications might be optimized for traveling over different types of
 networks in different environments and geographies.
     Today's announcement builds on Comcast's March 27th announcement to
 collaborate with BitTorrent and the broader Internet and ISP community to
 more effectively address issues associated with rich media content and
 network capacity management. It also builds on Pando's recent announcements
 of its P4P test results which demonstrated Pando's ability to reduce
 network congestion and speed content delivery by routing P2P traffic more
 effectively across cable, DSL, and fiber broadband networks.
     The Pando test will provide additional data to help Comcast migrate to
 a protocol-agnostic network management technique by the end of this year.
 The arrangement is yet another example of how these technical issues can be
 worked out through private business discussions and without the need for
 government intervention.
     "Working together, Comcast and Pando can help lead the discussion about
 what consumers should expect in terms of a 'P2P Bill of Rights and
 Responsibilities' for P2P users and ISPs," said Tony Werner, Comcast
 Cable's Chief Technology Officer. "Doing so is in the best interest of
 everyone involved -- ISPs, P2P companies and consumers. We hope to get
 other industry experts, ISPs and P2P companies together this spring and
 publish the 'P2P Bill of Rights and Responsibilities' later this year. By
 having this framework in place, we will help P2P companies, ISPs and
 content owners find common ground to support consumers who want to use P2P
 applications to deliver legal content."
     "At Pando, we have always believed that good P2P applications give
 users control. Now we are committing to lead the industry in codifying
 that," said Robert Levitan, CEO of Pando Networks. "In addition, we need
 more data and analysis of how P2P applications deliver content over a
 variety of different networks. By sharing the test methodology and results,
 all P2P companies and ISPs can learn how to more efficiently deliver legal
 content. This will ultimately benefit consumers who are relying on P2P
 programs as well as content providers who are interested in delivering
 their content to consumers where and how they want it."
     Comcast Corporation
     Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq:   CMCSA, CMCSK) ( is
 the nation's leading provider of entertainment, information and
 communications products and services. With 24.1 million cable customers,
 13.2 million high- speed Internet customers, and 4.6 million voice
 customers, Comcast is principally involved in the development, management
 and operation of broadband cable systems and in the delivery of programming
     Comcast's content networks and investments include E! Entertainment
 Television, Style Network, The Golf Channel, VERSUS, G4, PBS KIDS Sprout,
 TV One, ten Comcast SportsNet networks and Comcast Interactive Media, which
 develops and operates Comcast's Internet business. Comcast also has a
 majority ownership in Comcast-Spectacor, whose major holdings include the
 Philadelphia Flyers NHL hockey team, the Philadelphia 76ers NBA basketball
 team and two large multipurpose arenas in Philadelphia.
     About Pando Networks Inc.
     Pando Networks ( is the leading provider of
 managed P2P content delivery services. Pando technology combines the
 reliability and control of CDNs with the scale and cost efficiencies of P2P
 protocols. Pando co-chairs with Verizon the P4P Working Group that is
 developing methods to enable ISPs and P2P service providers to route data
 more efficiently. Pando is funded by Intel Capital, BRM Capital and
 Wheatley Partners. Pando has received numerous industry awards including:
 AlwaysOn 100 Top Private Company, TechCrunch Connected Innovator, C/net
 Webware 100 and Web Video Summit 2007 Hottest Products of the Year.

SOURCE Comcast Corporation