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Revised BitTorrent protocol removes the need for ISP throttling

By Matthew ยท 39 replies
Nov 2, 2009
  1. limpangel

    limpangel TS Member Posts: 64

    ISPs will maybe (and thats a big maybe) stop throtlling only if all bt clients use this technology and that will take some time, even after it is released out in the open by the utorrent developers (if they ever release the specifications).
  2. swilllx2p

    swilllx2p TS Rookie Posts: 127

    In my opinion ISPs are going to keep throttling regardless of whether this protocol is used or not and, personally i don't much care for it at all. I don't mind the protocol but i see it as another excuse for ISPs not to upgrade there speeds. It's long overdue and I hate to see them get reasons to prolong it even more.
  3. strategic

    strategic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,020

    The downloading of torrent files should be 'capped' at a given speed (no more than 2x dial-up speed) which has no connection with the ISP speed whatsoever. All this downloading has a major effect on everyone's internet browsing and everyone who downloads these torrent files should have to wait a long time for the files to download, so they might think twice and buy instead...
  4. jazboy

    jazboy TS Rookie Posts: 112

    today every kid is growing on internet , p2p, chatting. ISP provider can't just keep increasing the bandwidth. In this the average internet using people get loss. This is really going to be help for such kind of people. I welcome this step.
  5. Kadir

    Kadir TS Rookie

    I don't understand anything from this. I just use BitTorent to download from torrents.
    So, our ISP's would see what we were downloading or what?

    Someone, explain to me. :p
  6. TorturedChaos

    TorturedChaos TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 838   +28

    I don't think this really fixes any problems. The fix needs to be for ISP to actually provide the speeds they advertise. If the ISP starts getting a heavy load from a fair share of their customers they should be able to provide that bandwidth, but so many of them can not. So they start throttling. The solution needs to be more along the lines of upgrading their hardware until they can offer those speeds consistently.
  7. pioneerx01

    pioneerx01 TS Maniac Posts: 274

    If it works, it can be interesting, but I am mostly against this "feature" I am sure someone will find a way to disable the feature.
  8. gruesomeA

    gruesomeA TS Rookie Posts: 23

    I doubt this will appease ISPs. I imagine they will always find something to complain about when it comes to bit torrents, and since they are the ones with the power, they will most certainly do something to about it, even if it is no longer throttling.
  9. nomasteryoda

    nomasteryoda TS Rookie

    BitTorrent should remain as it is not be changed because of pressure from big media. In fact, filtering by any group will reduce network productivity across the whole of an ISP's network. We need to understand the freedom of data and big media needs to realize their old ways of doing business are flawed. BitTorrent is the most efficient method of downloading large files.
  10. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,172

    At least it is a project that is actively worked on and takes suggestions to incorporate.
  11. JudaZ

    JudaZ TS Enthusiast Posts: 284

    Why cant they? We have the technology...but they unfortunaly have the greed. I'm glad i dont live in the US and have to deal with Schoogelike comcast.

    Build better connections. Whats the problem...money? Well maybe if you stop wasting money on comming up with new ways to make the internet experience worse for your customers and isnstead invest in faster and wider connections and improving it. this wouldnt even be an issue for the american consumer. ....and it seems like its mostly an issue for them.

    ...havnt heard of anyone trying to throttle the speed here..not without geting called out and having to back down..or loosing all the customers. Throttling is a way of trying to sell a product theycant provide on old or weak technology that cant handle the workload.

    Its a cheap guys solutions to temporary fix a symthom, and ignoring the real issue.
    start fixing the real problem instead of trying to come up with workarounds.
    Sometimes its better to leave the superglue and scotch tape alone and start new.
  12. LxTrix

    LxTrix TS Member Posts: 76

    Well this is definately good news considered i have comcast.
  13. JMMD

    JMMD TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 854

    I'm really surprised that Comcast hasn't come up with a Bitorrent package when you can pay extra and not have your service throttled. I'm sure they're working on a way to do it to be able to get just a little more cash from their customers while doing nothing to upgrade their aging systems and forcing out competition. I'd like to know how much is spent yearly on advertising vs. how much is spent on actual infrastructure upgrades.
  14. aceofspaids222

    aceofspaids222 TS Rookie

    Correct. The ISP must upgrade their infrastructures to handle the traffic. Its not like less people are going to use the internet in the future. Something must be done about all these streaming media sites also. They need to account for their massive traffic increases.
  15. RickD

    RickD TS Rookie

    Let me get this straight: If the network jamb up, the new BitTorrent slows down? So now my transfer is even slower? And this helps me how? I've got a better idea: If the network jambs up, how about the ISP increases capacity to meet their contractual obligations? Hmm? What, they can't support EVERYBODY downloading at the advertised rates? Then maybe they shouldn't have advertised those rates.
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