Regarding how Rogers might prioritize podcast traffic lower than email or web, a reader wrote to me this afternoon with this:
I work for a small service provider and talked to the four largest traffic monitoring solutions: Sandvine, Packeteer, Cachelogic, and Allot Communications. I can’t recall who said it (I think it’s either Sandvine or Cachelogic), but one of them said that N.A. cable operators are controlling their peak traffic (and costs) by selective rejecting certain P2P requests at certain times. So rather than blocking it out outright, they are automating the selective rejection at certain times. Which is different again than apply rate policies.
I presume Rogers is doing something similar with podcasts.
Not blocking, but degrading.