OT: Bell reveals internet throttling details to CRTC

Madison Kelly linux-5ZoueyuiTZhBDgjK7y7TUQ at public.gmane.org
Tue Jul 21 14:26:00 UTC 2009

Lennart Sorensen wrote:
> On Sat, Jul 18, 2009 at 11:48:01PM -0400, Michael Lauzon wrote:
>> On Wed, Jul 15, 2009 at 11:32, meng<meng-R6A+fiHC8nRWk0Htik3J/w at public.gmane.org> wrote:
>>> Len Katz, the CRTC's vice-chair of telecommunications, asked about Bell's throttled speeds.
>>> Daniels said peer-to-peer file transfers are reduced to a speed of 256 kilobits per second between 6 p.m. and 1 a.m. in Ontario and Quebec. That is a 98.5 per cent reduction from the maximum advertised speed of 16 megabits per second that Bell uses to sell its Internet Max 16 service.
>>> Between 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. and between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m., the company slows downloads to 512 kilobits per second. Daniels added that the numbers would be posted on its website soon.
>>> http://www.cbc.ca/technology/story/2009/07/14/crtc-bell-internet-traffic-management-providers-custom
>> Why wouldn't they open the speeds faster overnight instead of slowing
>> them down, of course it's Bell and they are stupid!
> It looked to me as:
> 16:30 - 18:00: 512kbps
> 18:00 - 01:00: 256kbps
> 01:00 - 02:00: 512kbps
> 02:00 - 16:30: no limit specified
> Did you get something else from it?

I've been noticing lately (last couple weeks) that at night, nothing in 
an ssh tunnel works. Or rather, when it does, I am lucky to get 2kbps. 
scp, rsync, sftp... all fail. Come morning though, it's fine.

There is throttling and then there is shutting off. The most maddening 
is that I am not even a Bell customer. Our ISP though is in the dark as 
much as out customers are though.

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