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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Norm says:

The is not responding

The site with the tools is

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.


TPBer says:

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.

Michael Thomas says:

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:

Anonymous Coward says:


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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