Network Neutrality

Andrew McNabb amcnabb at
Mon Dec 1 11:14:52 MST 2008

On Mon, Dec 01, 2008 at 10:58:24AM -0700, Michael Torrie wrote:
> Bittorrent's new udp protocol is an attempt to address the problems
> and make bittorrent more palatable to business users and isps because
> it does have it's own built-in controls now to make it coexist better
> with other forms of traffic that were previously harmed.  I don't
> think they've done this without thinking about the long-term
> consequences.  Nor is this an attempt to somehow beat ISP throttling.

Interesting.  So does this mean that Bittorrent is implementing an
alternative form of congestion control?  As you point out, that would
really change the story.

I'm still curious, though, about what would happen if we had net
neutrality laws and some application tried to beat ISP throttling with a
very aggressive protocol.  I'm wondering how a staunch net neutralist
would view this hypothetical situation.

Andrew McNabb
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