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TF: New data exposes torrent-throttling ISPs

Sat, 08/18/2012 - 00:00 -- OpenMedia

Global citizens are paying for Internet access, but Big Telecom companies aren't being completely open about the restrictions that they're imposing. With new data just published by the Measurement Lab, new insight is being provided into the

 throttling practices of ISPs all over the world.

In some countries, Big Telecom companies are limiting less than 10% of traffic. In other countries however, ISP Internet interference is proven to affect over 75% of all traffic. How does your provider compare?
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New data published by the Google-backed Measurement Lab gives a unique insight into the BitTorrent throttling practices of ISPs all over the world. In the U.S. and Australia most large ISPs limit less than 10 percent of BitTorrent transfers. In the UK and Canada on the other hand, some providers interfere with up to three-quarters of all BitTorrent traffic.
Hundreds of ISPs all over the world limit and restrict BitTorrent traffic on their networks. Unfortunately, most companies are not very open about their network management solutions.

Thanks to data collected by Measurement Lab (M-Lab) the public can learn if and how frequently their Internet provider limits torrent traffic. Among other tools, M-Lab runs the Glasnost application developedby the Max Planck Institute.

Previously the researchers published data up until 2010, and now the results have been updated to include the first quarter of 2012. This allows us to give an overview of trends and changes that have emerged in recent years. Read more»


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