The majority of Internet users are aware of what's going on with Comcast and their throttling practices, the idea of a tiered and non neutral Internet, immunity to the telco's for warrantless wiretapping, and countless other crimes that go completely against the principles this country was founded on. But what most people don't know is that the United States is far behind in their Internet infrastructure, which might explain why Internet service providers are so upset about people actually using the Internet. Instead of implementing their network infrastructure properly the first time, they probably went with the
most cost effective cheapest, and fastest solution. And by fastest, I don't mean downstream.
Although I've yet to compile any concrete proof, recent indicators have made me wonder whether or not Comcast is filtering more than just torrent traffic. Since implementing the steps outlined in this post, Comcast has actually been pretty tolerable, until recently. In an effort to establish a godly Rainbow Tables collection, I've started using torrents for the first time in probably a year. After the first day or so, ssh and remote desktop sessions would randomly terminate. GMail's built in chat interface would throw an error explaining, "We're experiencing technical difficulties, please try again later..." But I seriously doubt GMail was the one experiencing technical difficulties.
Richard Bennett from The Register recently published an article that stated,
It’s acceptable for Comcast, as a matter of reasonable network management, to employ TCP Resets to prevent BitTorrent doing harm to the web browsing, standard file downloading, and VoIP sessions that are the typical behavior of the Comcast customer
Misleading, Fake Trackers and Torrents
The recent uproar of fake torrents and trackers was the determining factor for me. After reading all the reports, I immediately searched for alternatives. Continuous drama and controversy over the peer to peer technology was taking its toll on thepiratebay, demonoid, and eventually the prestigious Oink. Several sites explaining how to identify fake torrents and/or trackers popped up, but why deal with the hassle when faster, more resourceful sources exist?
Those who know me are aware of the continuous, almost everyday struggle I go through with Comcast just to get some decent service. Previous posts explain how Comcast's useless power cycle fix does absolutely nothing, and a solution I've come up with to finally correct the problem myself. Until I found out the clone mac address trick, calls to Comcast's sorry excuse for technical support were frequent, at least once, sometimes twice a day. Several days and several Comcast technicians come and go, but eventually, I receive a letter from Comcast, and it's not a bill...
Comcast is slowly training their loyal customers to embrace what many are calling the end of the free, neutral, Internet. Several individuals, myself included, continuously experience a diminishing quality of service from Comcast. A couple examples include: DNS servers randomly become inaccessible, selling their customer's phone number(s), and employing phone technicians that simply refuse to troubleshoot anything.
For those of you with a cable service provider, the first item on the tech's script involves "power cycling" your cable modem. Even if you've power cycled your modem three times prior to calling, the technician will ask you to shutdown your computer (which serves no purpose), power off everything relavent to the network, wait two or three minutes, and finally turn everything back on. Most user's won't mind, but for some people, having to restart your entire network can cost you some money, especially if you have people/other networks that depend on your uptime.