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Offline DaBees-Knees

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BT admits to P2P throttling
« on: September 18, 2009, 06:46:30 am »

BT has successfully complained against a Sky advert that stated it slowed down broadband speeds at peak times - even though BT itself admits that it does in certain cirumstances.

The Sky advert claimed that: "If you're in a Sky network area, we don't slow your broadband speed down at peak times - unlike Virgin Media and BT".

BT took umbrage at the advert, and lodged a complaint with the Advertising Standards Authority, complaining that its "fair use policy only applied to very heavy users".

Sky rightly pointed out that BT applied speed restrictions on peer-to-peer traffic at peak times, which would affect services such as Skype, the BBC iPlayer and Sky's own Sky Player.

Indeed, BT Total Broadband's fair use policy states that "we do limit the speed of all video streaming to 896Kbits/sec on our Option 1 product, during peak times only, which is between 5pm - midnight every day."

The policy also states that BT will "apply speed restrictions to all P2P traffic at peak times" on all of its packages, adding that: "You can, of course, still use P2P services, but downloads will take longer during the peak times."

An open-and-shut victory for Sky it would seem? Not according to the ASA, which ruled that Sky's advert inferred that " BT and Virgin slowed down broadband speeds in peak times for all their customers, including those who used web-browsing services with low bandwidths."

So BT won't slow down your broadband - as long as you don't do anything particularly demanding, in which case it will.

"we do limit the speed of all video streaming to 896Kbits/sec "  Now there's no surprise. lol  

So Sky get their knuckles rapped for telling the truth! It would be interesting to know (from an independent source) just what percentage of users do get throttled by BT.   :gum:

Offline ']['affy

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Re: BT admits to P2P throttling
« Reply #1 on: September 18, 2009, 07:31:56 am »
BT should get sued for misleading its customers 1000's of ppl have phoned them asking if there being throttled and there answer was always NO, BT should be disgusted with themselves there one of the major companies over here and 1 of the most expensive, so much for customer satisfaction, all about greed, "take what u can sod your loyal customers" hope u get taken to the cleaners so to speak.

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