BitTorrent throttling isn't just a concern for Comcast customers. If you're a BitTorrent fan, you might be ready to blame Canada as well. Specifically, Bell Canada, one of the largest backbone providers for our northern neighbors, has engaged in bandwidth shaping to the dismay of not just direct consumers, but ISP resellers as well.
The most vocal reseller is the family run ISP Teksavvy. The CEO of Teksavvy, Rocky Gaudrault, first reported
on Bell's alleged throttling on DSL Reports.com
"After some discussions with Bell, while doing upgrades to zones that are under capacity, it looks like they've now started to implement a type of load balance system of sorts...As a side note, we have no plans to throttle anything, so if anyone is experiencing anything remotely related to this, it would be before it hits our side...Our concerns are that they are doing it without telling us. That we don't know where they are doing it. That we don't know if and when it will end. What are the plans to add capacity... what's going on? what are we getting for our money? what can we tell our customers?"
The report was generated on the 24th of this month. According to BetaNews, Bell Canada has since admitted
to shaping BitTorrent traffic, specifically calling it "load balancing to manage bandwidth demand."
So whether your ISP is "load balancing" or "delaying" BitTorrent traffic, few in the BitTorrent community are amused. Azureus, one of the leading BitTorrent developers, is attempting to mobilize
the file-sharing community in an effort to thwart traffic shaping.
“We at Vuze (Azureus) decided there was something important you can do to help elevate the debate,” says Jay Monahan, General Counsel at Azureus. “We created a simple software “plug-in” that works with your Vuze (Azureus) application to gather information about potential interference with your Internet traffic.”
The purpose of this plug-in is to gather statistical information on the ISPs who are engaging in traffic shaping. Once the information is compiled, potential customers will then be able to browse and determine which ISPs throttle, and which do not, and make an educated decision from there.
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