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BT will throttle P2P bandwidth on new FTTC lines

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 23 Jan 2010 15:27 User comments (8)

BT will throttle P2P bandwidth on new FTTC lines The UK ISP BT has announced the launched of its BT Infinity fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) connection this week, which will include bandwidth caps, much to the dismay of those hoping restrictions on P2P downloading would subside with the new rollout.
The £19.99 package, which offers up to 40Mbit/s download speeds, has a tiny 20GB per month bandwidth cap.

BT also says that that they implemented traffic management equipment that will throttle P2P traffic during peak hours, the same way it does with ADSL lines. The 5 percent heaviest users will also be monitored and have their bandwidth throttled.

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8 user comments

123.1.2010 18:28

Somebody had made a nice quote about this sometime ago. I remember it was "It's like buying a Ferrari but you'll only be able drive it in the backyard".

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223.1.2010 19:42

epic fail

324.1.2010 1:12

The spy game in the UK begins eh? especially how most countries even the UK despises how China spies on their users and how they Hate ACTA so O_O WTH is this crap

424.1.2010 3:25

with sir tim in the UK government why isnt he pushing for net neutrality like he was in the USA?

the question is why would BT want to make skype, which runs on p2p technology unusable, i suppose they cant compete with free so the best way to deal with this is throttle it to death.

spotify is also p2p technology so score one for trying to alleviate the media industry's failed business model by destroying its ability to adjust.

comments on Net Neutrality by Sir Tim Burners Lee:

This is what our government thinks of Net Neutrality.

Originally posted by UK government told by the corporations to butt out:
Thank you for the e-petition entitled ‘Uphold the principle of Net Neutrality’.

When considering any regulation of the electronic communications sector the Government’s policy is to provide an environment that encourages innovation, competition and experimentation with new business models, ensuring that any restrictions on access to services or applications are not anti-competitive. The Government also attaches great importance to transparency and consumer choice based on freely available information.

Inevitably, some restrictions do apply. Services and websites can be restricted in the interests of national security or because they are illegal. Additionally, Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are permitted to regulate and manage traffic to certain websites based on reasons such as network capacity constraints. They are also free to restrict access to a website or service on the condition that their actions are not anti competitive (this is regulated by Ofcom). The Government’s position is to ensure that ISPs are obliged to inform the user of any restrictions they have placed on a service before the user enters into a contract with the ISP.

The European Directives which set the framework for the regulation of electronic communications are currently under review. On 6 May, the European Parliament voted on the revised framework texts and gave a strong endorsement of the reform of EU telecoms rules. This included an overwhelming majority in favour of the Citizens Rights Amending Directive which updates directives on both e-Privacy and Universal Service. The new rules help to remove regulatory obstacles and inconsistencies in the single telecoms market and provide a better deal for both consumers and ISPs. The package is due to enter the 3rd reading stage (conciliation) at the end of September and continues to be the subject of negotiation. It will hopefully be finalised by the end of 2009.

making your service better by degrading it, innovation through limitation!
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525.1.2010 0:54

Wow...a ISP called B.T. is against Bit Torrent?

628.1.2010 11:26

Get used to reality. Be relieved they are starting off with wacking you during peak hrs and only the top 5%.

Tristan_2, the game started about 2 yrs ago. Virgin already had purchased Sandvines, and anti P2P AI with traffic shaping. This is now old technology. All the ISPs have traffic shapers and have been monitoring traffic for years. Now they will be allowed to squeeze!

Bani666, I got an email with pictures and description of some very expensive car accidents. The cars ranged from 1 million USDs to 250 million USDs. The guy with the 250+ mil Bugatti only had it a few weeks and didn't know how it handled in heavy rain. Now he knows. It handles too much like other cars.

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728.1.2010 12:17

Originally posted by Mez:
Get used to reality. Be relieved they are starting off with wacking you during peak hrs and only the top 5%.
they consider a heavy downloader anyone that pulls more than 10gig in a month. with online gaming youtube, iplayer, spotify & iTunes ect, everyone that actually uses the net to do more than check E mail will be considered a heavy user.

831.1.2010 17:21

BT have too much of a monopoly and need a shake up. Why do not more people move to wireless Broadband like the villages in Kent. They seem to get a superior service to BT and don't even need a telephone line. There needs to be more cable and wireless providers who do not cap.

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