p2p news / p2pnet: Charges that Canada’s Shaw cable is using traffic-shaping surfaced earlier this year, at the same time lending emphasis to the tiny but ultra-useful Rodi p2p client/host implemented in pure Java to, “serve the filesharing community with fast data delivery and serve the Open Source community by facilitating faster software deployment.
Dslreports’ Karl Bode reported Shaw had allegedly green-lighted an Ellacoya switch to limit BitTorrent traffic at various hubs on the Shaw network.
This was in British Columbia, p2pnet’s home province.
Now, “There have been reports that they are rolling it out to Edmonton, Saskatoon, and Winnipeg,” says news.fudu.org.
“Ellacoya’s technology works by “deep packet inspection” which is a type of firewall that’s super-intelligent. That is, it doesn’t just know about IP and TCP or UDP ports, it can also look inside the packet and see if it’s FTP, HTTP, Bittorrent, kazaa, and etc. Therefore, it’s not affected by port numbers. This technology, while impressive, is not perfect. It can mis-identify packets, and requires constant upgrades to keep track of all potential types of data traversing the internet, of which there are many, and the possibility to create a new one today exists.”
The poster finds Shaw’s actions “completely reprehensible,” going on, “I do not pay for ‘Xtreme-I’ service because i want slow Bittorrent uploads. I pay because i want the speed they advertise. If their network is not capable of providing the service they are selling me, is would expect them to upgrade their network. Afterall, Shaw made about $160 million income on revenues of about $2.2 billion in FY2005 (see the Q4 2005 report (PDF)).
“And even if the economics are such that they must cap, lying about it is completely unacceptable. I have contacted Shaw about this issue and so far, have received completely unsatisfactory responses, which can be summarized as “The problems are definitely not Shaw’s that’s for sure. Oh, and go suck a lemon.”
If you dont have bittorrent caps now, enjoy it while it lasts, says f udo.org. “The limiter is coming.
The question now is: what can we, the Shaw customers, actually DO about this?”
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traffic-shaping – Is Shaw throttling BT?, April 7, 2005
Rodi p2p – More help needed with Rodi, June 22, 2055
Karl Bode – Shaw Throttling Bit Torrent?, April 7, 2005
fudu.org – Shaw secretly limits BitTorrent uploads, November 7, 2005
actually DO – Shaw throttling – ‘the fix!’, April 11, 2005