An Update on Traffic Shaping

Posted on May 17, 2008. Filed under: Trends | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

A previous post outlined what traffic shaping is and some of my thoughts on it and I thought I would update you on some news…One of the problems with traffic shaping is that it not only affects Bell Sympatico and Rogers subscribers but any third party ISP provider like Sentex or Execulink has been affected too. Therefore their customers are getting the degradation of service as well.

The Canadian Association of Internet Providers(CAIP) asked for interim relief from this practice and their request was denied but the story is not over yet!

This storyoutlines the CRTC’s response to this issue:

The CRTC has asked Bell to provide “full rationale and evidence” to support its claim that 95 per cent of its users were negatively impacted by peer-to-peer traffic and to describe where congestion is occurring, what other approaches the company considered as alternatives to shaping and to describe in detail its Internet traffic management practices.

Bell said it uses deep-packet inspection – a method of scanning and filtering Internet content – to scan for peer-to-peer traffic as a part of its Internet management strategy, but says that services such as voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) transmission are not affected.

The CRTC has asked Bell to clarify how it avoids shaping VoIP and online streaming traffic while CAIP has been tasked with providing information to support its claim that “all forms of file-sharing service and audio or video streaming services, such as Internet radio and YouTube” are affected by Bell’s practices.

Looks like we will have to wait until the fall to find out the results but applaud CAIP’s efforts and hope they help bring the primary providers to bay about this policy.

For those that care here is a comparison done in 2006 of ISP costs by speed – link.

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What rightfully disturbs me is the people who commit internet traffic shapping will next also practises censorships, kill cats and dogs likely too, and also other people next with tasers even..

Kambulow- Sympatico

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