Friday, February 25, 2011

BitTorrent: "UK ISPs aggressively throttle BitTorrent traffic after 6 p.m. at night"

Mark Jackson reports to ISPReview that "BitTorrent .. has hinted that they could eventually release performance data for over 9,000 broadband ISPs around the world .. At present their unnamed project is still in the very early stages of development but could one day serve as a global ISP performance report".

See "BitTorrent Considers Release of World Broadband ISP P2P Performance Report" - here

VP of Products, Simon Morris, said: "We have download traffic, upload traffic, BitTorrent traffic, and we have HTTP traffic. So we can answer questions like: I live in this city in the world--it could be anywhere, literally anywhere--which ISP should I use? Which is the fastest? Which ISP is messing with BitTorrent traffic? Because we have this data, we can see the difference in speeds by time of day [for example] UK ISPs aggressively throttle BitTorrent traffic after 6 p.m. at night, with speeds suddenly going "off a cliff" ".

If all ISPs are doing it - than the numbers will not help much, and the selective throttling maybe even explained by a "reasonable network management" practice for Net Neutrality conformance.

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