The Future for P2P - Port Throttling?
In light of recent events surrounding the growing Peer 2 Peer software issues facing many broadband Internet Service Providers, we asked the question "How should ISPs control their bandwidth hungry p2p users?". The results obtained indicate that the vast majority of users are in favor of either throttling ports used by p2p software (such as Kazaa & Direct Connect) or throttling customers who are classified as "heavy users", that is, those who are typically abusing the service by downloading on a continual basis. At the end of the day, it’s the responsibility of each ISP to decide what constitutes an abusive user.
Port throttling is a technique used to limit the amount of total bandwidth which can be consumed by a specific application. In the case of p2p, the performance of core services such as web & email will be preserved by setting aside a portion of network resources.
As broadband networks grow in size and congestion over the next year, we are likely to see similar policies being implemented to conserve the quality of service for the bulk of the customer base. It's also a fairly safe bet to assume that solutions such as "pay as you download" are never going to attract as many punters as tiered pricing schemes, download limits or port throttling. To view the poll results, click here.