Comcast Blocking Torrents and Caps User's Bandwith
On Comcast's all-you-can eat high-speed internet service subscribers that have simply used more of their connection than Comcast is comfortable with have been getting their maximum bandwith capped, along with evidence the ISP has been monkeying with people's BitTorrent usage. Last week GameDaily BIZ got in touch with Charlie Douglas, a spokesperson for Comcast Corporation who confirmed that the company was indeed capping monthly downloads of its "excessive" users.
In related news, TorrentFreak recently reported that Comcast, a major U.S. cable company, is using an application from Sandvine to throttle torrent connections. BitTorrent traffic accounts for upwards of 25 percent of U.S. Internet traffic, and the techniques used by Comcast are essentially the same as those used by the Great Firewall of China. Instead of sending packets to all you to connect and share with other users. Comcast instead is sending a reset (or RST) packet to the Comcast customer, pretending to be from the host at the end of the BitTorrent connection. This RST packet is the TCP equivalent of stating "I don't want to talk to you anymore, please terminate the connection." It is extremely important to note that when Comcast creates and sends this packet, it does not identify itself as the the source of packet, but instead impersonates one of the parties involved in the BitTorrent connection. What Comcast is doing (sending reset packets and impersonating the server) isn't necessarily legal. Doing something illegal to stop something illegal? Hmmm...
I have Comcast and the last time I downloaded a torrent I was fine. Anyone having any problems with Comcast?