If you have not heard of a program called Songbird, I would love to be the first to introduce it to you.
First, a little explanation may be needed as to what is happening in between our computers, Comcast and the Internet.
Comcast is using a packet filtering platform called Sandvine. This platform is a at its core, a Quality of Service system that has legitimate uses, such as giving high priority to Xbox Live communications and VOIP packets.
Unfortunately, Comcast has decided to use Sandvine (some say illegally) to impersonate us and send a reset packet (known as an RST flag), which is exactly like the Chinese goverment filters the internet! (PDF)
TorrentFreak hinted on August 22nd, is that someone was working on a fix for Comcast users.
“…we know that at least two BitTorrent client developers are including this fix in their next update.” –TorrentFreak
It’s two weeks later, where is the fix!? And just exactly how do you find out if you’re being throttled by Comcast? And how can we figure out how to avoid this traffic shaping?