“Traffic Shaping” comes to Canada

This activity, which has raised an interesting debate in the U.S. — do a web search on “Comcast” — now appears to be in Canada, too, according to the CBC. The CBC itself has an article on it, ISPs limit access to CBC download, users say in which they say:

“One user received a notice that it could take 2½ hours to download, while another was quoted 11 hours. The bottleneck is occurring because ISPs such as Rogers and Bell limit the amount of bandwidth allocated for file-swapping on BitTorrent. The controversial practice, called traffic shaping, is meant to stop illegal downloading through BitTorrent. But it also slows the times on legal downloads such as Canada’s Next Great Prime Minister.”

I expect this to be a much discussed topic all over the world.

2 responses to ““Traffic Shaping” comes to Canada

  1. Things are not going to improve until they beat down the doors of parliament demanding net neutrality legislation. Today’s announcement that Comcast is doing a 180 degree turn on file sharing traffic shaping is proof that when the cable and DSL providers won’t change the way that they do things unless they have government breathing down their necks. Given the fact that Canada’s largest ISP’s own Canada’s biggest media properties, Canada is already losing the battle for Net Netruality. It may not seem that writing your MP may not do much, but there’s nothing else that can be done to make change happen.

  2. I’m pretty sure the university of minnesota started doing something like this with it’s T1 line around 2004.