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Researchers at Yale University have devised a way for ISPs to reduce the amount of bandwidth consumed by P2P traffic by 60 percent, if lab results translate to the real world. But rather than throttling back on transfers during peak hours or blocking certain types of traffic, the system actually increases P2P transfers by 30 percent by matching peers who are located near each other.
Originally posted by Beachcoma
Note: P2P technology is not merely for downloading illegal or copyrighted content, although that is what the bulk of it is used for. P2P is also used for voice-over-IP and streaming media.