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ISPs And Monitoring
EpheMeroN - 12-2-2009 at 22:24

Google isn't being friendly today...

Do you guys know which ISPs in California or USA in general monitor your bandwidth?

I know Comcast refuses to allow P2P traffic.

We're switching to Verizon FIOS and I have no idea what they monitor, if they monitor, etc etc.

ErraticToad - 15-2-2009 at 22:49

Monitor in what way?

In what protocols you use or in the amount? I presume you mean the former and I wouldn't know the answer.

What I can tell you is that almost all ISP's use traffic shapers of one form or another. These could be called monitors but at present my gut feeling is that most ISP's only monitor so that they can control the ebb and flow of traffic and try to maintain a reasonable experience for all users - remembering of course in the UK most home users are on a 50:1 contention ratio.

For example my home ISP shapes p2p from 4pm until midnight and restricts its quantity to a trickle. Between midnight and 4pm - traditionally a quieter time for the ISPs here it allows a free for all so long as you are within your monthly allocation of bandwidth.