Comcast throttles BitTorrent traffic

By on August 20, 2007, 10:46 AM
It appears that Comcast has stepped up their fight against BitTorrent by outright cutting off usersí transfers and blocking their ability to seed downloads.

ISPs have been limiting the available bandwidth for BitTorrent traffic for almost two years now, according to TorrentFreak, and though BitTorrent protocol encryption seems to work against most forms of traffic shaping, Comcastís more aggressive throttling methods canít be circumvented just as easy.

It is reported that Comcast is using an application from Sandvine to throttle BitTorrent traffic. Sandvine breaks every (seed) connection with new peers after a few seconds if itís not a Comcast user. This makes it virtually impossible to seed a file, especially in small swarms without any Comcast users.
ISPs have long argued that bandwidth-hungry P2P applications can cripple their network and thus some controls are due in order to make the experience good for all users. However, customers arenít likely to agree that limiting their internet connections is an acceptable solution.

TorrentFreak says setting up a secure connection through VPN or over SSH seems to be the only workarounds for Comcastís throttling methods.

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Jibberish18 said:
So how exactly is a torrent crippling their networks? Is it because of the seeding or the downloading? I can't imagine it's the downloading because if I wanted to I could stream or download HD movies that are amazingly big every day of the week. Although I have heard of consumers who download too much (In the eyes of Comcast that is) will receive a warning from Comcast even though they tell you that their is no Cap on your downloading or uploading.
---agissi--- said:
Soo basically they're stopping users from using all of the advertised bandwidth they are entitled to.. because its become the new fad (sort of) that the common public is now able to do. I dont even torrent one bit but I'm strongly against that.
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