How ISPs Choke Traffic To BitTorrent Worldwide
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Thanks to the industries’ efforts, alongside with other entities that benefit from this, to curb piracy around the world hundreds of internet providers are chocking their users’ internet pipe when it comes to BitTorrent transfers of digital data, regardless if it’s legitimate or not.
The data gathered by the Google-financed M-Lab (Measurement Lab) shows how often ISPs temper with download/upload speeds. The study covers the first quarter of this year.
Compared to 2010, in the United States throttling BitTorrent traffic dropped from 50% in 2010 to 3%. This happened thanks to Comcast’s struggle to protect its users’ rights, and also to the FCC ruling which stated that Comcast must not interfere with BitTorrent traffic. As for Charter, throttling dropped from 11% to 4%. However, Cox is still accounted as the number one throttler in the US with 6%. So, the best major ISP to have now if you live in the US is Comcast, Verizon, or AT&T.
We move towards the island. In the UK things look grim. The worst ISP is BT as it limits BitTorrent traffic by up to 65% – an increase of 57% since 2010. The next two major British ISPs – O2 and BskyB – are tempering with BitTorrent transfers with 2% and respectively 4%. Virgin Media dropped from 33% in 2010 to 22%.
In North America Canada is also accounted as one of the worst countries when it comes to BitTorrent traffic. Rogers, one of Canada’s largest ISPs, is responsible with throttling more than three-quarters of all BitTorrent transfers. The first quarter of 2012 places them as the worst internet provider to have, with more than 80%. Next is Bell with a hefty 77%, an increase of 19% compared to 2010. As for Cogeco and Telus, they interfere with 3% and 0% respectively.
In the Southern Hemisphere Australia is far more understanding than the rest of the world. Here iiNet accounts for 11% of BitTorrent throttling, which is good news if compared to 2010 when they had 32%. Dodo also improved its relationship with their users, dropping from 14% in 2010 to 0% this year.
As for the rest of the world, countries like Sweden, France, Italy, Spain, Poland and the Netherlands are heavily tempering with BitTorrent transfers.
A full review of M-Lab’s data can be seen here.