Lately there has been a lot of press about ‘traffic shaping’ – the technique that some ISPs have employed to manage the flow of information across their networks. But what exactly is it, and how does it affect you?
By now you’ve probably read several articles about traffic shaping and/or bandwidth throttling. Some have said that the practice threatens the principles of Net Neutrality, and that it may even constitute an invasion of privacy.
If you’re wondering what all this means, or you’re beginning to worry that you need to be looking over your shoulder while you surf, you’re not alone.
With the exception of a recent Q&A published by the CBC, Canadian ISP’s have remained relatively quiet on this issue, preferring not to discuss the issue publicly. This has lead to further doubt, confusion and frankly, frustration on the part of customers and others.
Since we here at Sync have the unusual benefit of being part of the same company that runs Bell’s ISP (Sympatico), we felt we should do our part to shed some light on exactly what traffic shaping, bandwidth throttling and deep packet inspection (DPI) is all about and how it does or does not affect users of Sympatico’s service, specifically.
Over the next few days, we’ll be posting a quick "101" style article that will review the terminology, technology and jargon associated with home internet connections.
Shortly after that, we’re going to shoot a video interview with some of the folks at Bell who are directly responsible for managing the network that all ISP subscribers use. We have a lot of questions that we’re going to try to answer, but we’d also like to open the floor to you: what questions do you have regarding traffic shaping, throttling, net neutrality or privacy? What would you like to ask Bell about its practices?
Send us your questions via e-mail. We’ll try to include as many as possible in our interview.
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