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Google Wants To Help People Check Their Broadband Connection For Traffic Shaping

from the name-and-shame-is-the-game dept

Well, well, well... With Cox getting aggressive with traffic shaping, it looks like Google is trying to give users the tools to find out what their ISP is actually doing to their broadband connection. The company has teamed up with the New America Foundation and Planet Lab to offer a platform for tools to measure what's happening on internet connections. The obvious thinking: the easier it is for anyone to recognize that their broadband connection is being tinkered with, the more likely an outcry is raised, and the provider is pushed to back down (at least on the more egregious practices -- such as what eventually happened with Comcast's traffic shaping).

It will be interesting to see where this goes, or how useful it really becomes. Without meaningful competition in the broadband space, it seems like ISPs are willing to risk some consumer anger -- knowing they really don't have many other options. Still, it does suggest one more reason why specific net neutrality regulations may be premature. Let's see if providing more info along with open tools can help keep ISPs more reasonable in their network management practices.


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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 28th, 2009 @ 1:38pm

    the height of irony... .

    ... is that traffic shaping is stopping me from visiting these sites....

     

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    Lenny Rachitsky, Jan 28th, 2009 @ 1:50pm

    Google trying to make the Internet more transparent

    The more open, neutral, and transparent the net is, the more successful everyone will be online, the bigger the web will get, and most importantly for Google...the more ad's they'll be able to serve.

     

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    anon, Jan 28th, 2009 @ 1:56pm

    measurementlab.net seems to be down.

    measurementlab.net seems to be down.

     

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    Norm, Jan 28th, 2009 @ 1:59pm

    The is not responding

    The site with the tools is http://www.measurementlab.net/

    It seems that this is a major concern to a lot of people, because these tools are a little overloaded. The site did not respond the first two times I tried it. When I actually got to one of the tools, the first out of 3 servers for the tool had an approx. 8 HOUR wait. The least busy server, the one I am queued in, has about 1.25 hour wait.

    wow.

     

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    Norm, Jan 28th, 2009 @ 2:02pm

    The site is not responding

    Fixed Subject

    Also, they are using java applets. They didn't load in Firefox, but that might just be my machine.

     

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    Clovenlife, Jan 28th, 2009 @ 2:03pm

    Not Down

    Just a bit overwhelmed. I got it with a bit of persistence

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 28th, 2009 @ 2:19pm

    So is MeasurmentLabs.net down, or does my ISP not want me visiting it

     

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    TPBer, Jan 28th, 2009 @ 2:39pm

    Very Nice

    Just verified Time Warner is running clean, but I already suspected this.

    Not to get off of the subject, but I have noticed an increase of screeners on all torrent trackers, you gotta wonder if the studios are purposely putting these out there as promotional bait to increase theater "goership", that's a new word.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 28th, 2009 @ 3:27pm

    The bittorrent test is worthless, I know for a fact that Bell are throttling to 30kb/s (they announced publicly, and have experienced it) yet it claims my traffic is not shaped...

    I hope other tests are more reliable...

     

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    ChurchHatesTucker (profile), Jan 28th, 2009 @ 5:36pm

    Still hammered

    I can get the initial page, but nothing after that.

     

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    Nate, Jan 28th, 2009 @ 5:47pm

    Re: Google trying to make the Internet more transparent

    Well it just seems more and more like Google's interests and the consumers' interests overlap, doesn't it? Strange... Keep running those Google searches for our righteous benefactor! Hah...

     

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    ToySouljah, Jan 28th, 2009 @ 6:34pm

    Re: Very Nice

    Nah, every year this happens around awards time since the studios have to release more screeners to judges for their consideration.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 28th, 2009 @ 8:28pm

    kodos Google for the effort, Power to the people!

     

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    Ben (profile), Jan 29th, 2009 @ 3:48am

    Slashdotted

    Unfortunately, most of the test sites seem to be flooded with activity... these tools have been mentioned on slashdot.org, need I say more?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 29th, 2009 @ 4:55am

    i am disapointed in TechDirt

    i posted the link to google's anti-trafic shaping tool in ur article concerning cox trafic shaping.

    with he subject: google back in the game.

    now i see you have an article about it and my comment in http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20090128/0123343551.shtml

    isn't there any more

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 29th, 2009 @ 7:31am

    So what if the ISP's are throttling? With no net neutrality laws, you can't do shit to them. And besides, with the government in their back pocket, even with laws they would be untouchable.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 29th, 2009 @ 9:20am

    Re: i am disapointed in TechDirt

    im really sry about this it seems i posted my comment in an other article plus it seems it was after you had mentioned it here.

     

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    Michael Thomas, Jan 29th, 2009 @ 12:01pm

    Forget torrents the real problem throttling presents is to those of us who enjoy watching videos online. The truth is that some providers like Comcast are afraid at the real threat that sites like Hulu are posing as many customers are ditching cable subscriptions for online video. The amount of content online is larger and easier to search than cable... Top 20 Video Sites: http://www.ebizmba.com/articles/video-sites

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 30th, 2009 @ 6:19am

    Throttling

    Throttling isn't always bad. Cox 'claims' to only want to apply throttling against FTP/P2P/Bulk-transfers only during times of congestion. This is supposively so all that over-subscription don't lag your video-games/video-streams/latency-sensitive applications during peak hours.

    OMG QQ, I can't play my games at 5pm because of masssive lag

    OMG QQ, my p2p is slow around 5pm, but my games run fine

     

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    ert, Aug 14th, 2010 @ 3:34pm

    won

    dfgdf

     

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    jerry philip, Aug 14th, 2010 @ 3:39pm

    Travel Help

    Is traffic shaping has any danger because of using the broadband? Is it really?
    -------
    Travel Help

     

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    backspace (profile), Dec 8th, 2010 @ 9:16pm

    The obvious thinking: the easier it is for anyone to recognize that their broadband connection is being tinkered with, the more likely an outcry is raised, and the provider is pushed to back down (at least on the more egregious practices irs problems | income tax attorneys

     

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    Kohhsamui, Dec 18th, 2010 @ 8:54pm

    Google Wants To Help People Check Their Broadband Connection For Traffic Shaping

    Great ++

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 18th, 2010 @ 8:55pm

    Re: Google Wants To Help People Check Their Broadband Connection For Traffic Shaping

     

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    Sam Orton, Mar 30th, 2011 @ 11:17am

    Thats not very viable!

     

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    Sam Orton, Mar 30th, 2011 @ 11:20am

    Thats not very viable!

     

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    dipakdas, Feb 15th, 2012 @ 11:19pm

    Muje ek samsung galaksi y chahi e

     

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    Franklyn Galusha, Jan 10th, 2013 @ 11:03am

    We have road runner as our provider here in Orlando Florida. I hadn't been two dissatisfied with their service however I'm going to try Google's tools and I'll get back to you with my findings.

     

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