In Brief: ISP investigated, Juniper COO quits

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Comcast faces investigation

The US Federal Communications Commission is to investigate ISP Comcast's broadband traffic management practices.

FCC Chairman Kevin Martin, speaking at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this month, said the commission would investigate complaints that Comcast was blocking some peer-to-peer (P-to-P) traffic. An Associated Press investigation published in October found that Comcast was slowing traffic connected through the popular BitTorrent file-sharing program.

Earlier this month, a Comcast spokeswoman said the company had not yet received information requests from the FCC. Comcast, in a statement, also defended its practice of sometimes slowing P-to-P traffic during peak traffic times.

Juniper loses COO

The resignation of Juniper Networks chief operating officer Stephen Elop is a short-term negative for the company, but should not dampen its momentum, say analysts.

Elop resigned this month to become president of Microsoft's business division, replacing the retiring Jeff Raikes. He had only been at Juniper a year, having been recruited from Adobe Systems.

In his short tenure at Juniper, Elop was credited with instilling operational efficiency at a company struggling to enter the enterprise market and keep top talent. Wall Street analysts were generally surprised by the move and some reacted negatively. Juniper is expected to launch a major enterprise initiative on 29 January, which is expected to include its entrée into LAN switching.

Green light for China cable

Verizon Business has gained final approval from the US Federal Communications Commission to activate and operate a trans-Pacific cable system that directly links the United States with mainland China.

The US$500 million (NZ$639 million) cable system, which will run from Oregon through South Korea, Taiwan, China and other East Asian countries, will eventually be able "to support the equivalent of 62 million simultaneous phone calls, more than 60 times the overall capacity of the existing cable directly linking the US and China," the company says.

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