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Can an isp legally limit the entire internet connection of someone who is downloading torrents? Im imagining they could but i am just wondering, because my isp is threatening to do this to me. Also is there any way to make torrents look like http traffic instead of torrents because they are getting very agressive in limiting my torrenting and my connection. I would go to another isp but where i live i have no other choice besides dial up.
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Yeah, they can.

Unless you make the torrents go over port 80, then I don't think so, and who surfs enough to move 2GB of stuff in sequence?
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If you are torrenting illegal files, there's not much you can do. If you are torrenting legal stuff, thats the big debate of the time. Internet companies claim that they are allowed to throttle high bandwidth users to ensure the quality of the connection for everyone else. It's a little weird that your company is going to throttle your whole connection instead of just torrents, but they might not have the equipment and software if its just a little company. In a perfect world, capitalism and competition will get us to a point where we can choose a provider that doesn't throttle and thus phasing that practice out. Unfortunately, Internet providers are basically an oligopoly granted power by the majority of local governments. So the big argument is because there is no choice in many places, ISPs should act like a common carrier and not touch any of this. Who knows how long it will take for everything to get straightened out. And for any good traffic shaping software, torrents have a very distinct pattern and can easily be singled out, even if you use a program with encryption. As far as I know there are no good solutions for masking traffic of this sort.
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Thank you guys very much. And my isp did try to just limit the torrents themselves, but i think they got fed up with trying to and probly don't have the resources as you mentioned and are threatening to just limit the entire connection. I would estimate that they serve around a thousand people which is a lot for around here.
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Just go buy a copy of Spiderman3 and quit your *****ing
    
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Just go buy a copy of Spiderman3 and quit your *****ing
Who says he is torrenting illegally?
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