To get a clearer understanding of the situation, we spoke with Mediacom Vice President of IP Communications, JR Walden.
"First, Mediacom does not provide blockage of P2P applications. We have received a lot of complaints out of southern Illinois and we are trying to figure it out."
In addition, JR Walden states that when Mediacom receives DMCA (Digital Mellenium Copyright Act) complaints, they notify the individual. If the individual is a repeat offender, they terminate the individual's account, and not brush such a wide stroke that would affect many.
"Also, not all P2P applications are being affected. For some, BitTorrent may not work, however FastTrack may work fine. What we are also seeing is that some people in the same geographical area experiencing no P2P problems."
Mr. JR Walden also points out that Mediacom uses AT&T as their Tier 1 (backbone) provider. Mediacom operates over a wide geographical area, and other segments of the network such as Iowa, Florida, Alabama and Missouri are operating normally. Mediacom is currently trouble shooting the issue, however is having some difficulty in replication. Mediacom has a "ticket" open with AT&T and hope to have the situation resolved soon.
Slyck has contacted AT&T regarding this issue. A representative of AT&T stated they would notify us when they have more information.
Slyck has been in contact with AT&T's media relations personnel Robert Nersesian. While we thought we might be able to get a clearer explanation, this unfortunately is not the case. The following is a statement issued from AT&T:
"We have no evidence of any problem on our network. We've also had no complaints from Mediacom on this matter and have no open tickets or alarms for the facility that serves this area."
When asked if they were blocking P2P traffic, we were answered, "No."
Slyck will continue to research this increasingly bizarre situation.
Slyck would like to extend our thanks to Cory Higgins, a joint writer for Slyck and P2P Forums
for his extensive assistance on this article.