According to a story coming from the Associated Press today, one of the United States largest Internet Service Providers, Comcast, is using methods to hinder uploading files for transfer through BitTorrent.
This not-advertised new 'feature' offered by Comcast is activated when a paying customer tries to share a legal (or perhaps illegal) file utilizing BitTorrent technology. When a file is 'seeded' (made available for transfer) online, some ISP-side sneaky software developed by Comcast apparently kicks in, canceling the file transfer, by sending 'break' messages to people trying to download the file.
Comcast's argument for possibly doing the above might be that vast amounts of their bandwidth is soaked up through illegal file transferring. A spokesperson for Comcast, Charlie Douglas, was vague as to the particulars of this new traffic-changing technique. However, Mr. Douglas was quoted as saying that Comcast does "have a responsibility to manage our network to ensure all our customers have the best broadband experience possible. This means [that] we use the latest technologies to manage our network to provide a quality experience for all Comcast subscribers."
BitTorrents use has exploded over the last few years for illegal, P2P file transfers -- but also as a legitimate way to disseminate files over the vast chasms of Earth's InterVoid. It seems reasonable to assume that some Comcast subscribers hearing that complete access to BitTorrent is being limited may be somewhat irked, or even possibly perturbed.
For more information on this recently breaking story, follow the link below.
Update: For Comcast's view and refutation of the matter, follow this link.