Network Neutrality

Jason Wright jasonwright365 at
Mon Dec 1 13:23:20 MST 2008

On Mon, Dec 1, 2008 at 1:05 PM, Dave Smith <dave at> wrote:
> Jason Wright wrote:
>> I'm not sure I agree with this. TCP does throttling already
> What makes BitTorrent different from regular TCP connections is that you can
> have 200+ TCP BitTorrent connections acting as one huge "meta" connection to
> download a single resource. Even if TCP's congestion control mechanisms kick
> in to throttle down each individual TCP connection, the BitTorrent client
> will simply spawn more connections to make up for the lost bandwidth, until
> it saturates your link fully. This is why normal TCP congestion control
> doesn't actually control BitTorrent connections. It's really great for
> speedy downloads, but it clobbers other TCP connections, like the ability to
> check your gmail.
> --Dave

I don't think it's perfect. It still comes down to your user believing
he/she is more important than other people. It works most of the time
unless you get someone who is deliberately hogging bandwidth.


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