Some ISPs have decided that instead of going after piracy or going after users who use an unfair amount of bandwidth, that they will just throttle all torrents. This means that instead of having a fast connection like one would normally, when on torrents the speeds are lowered significantly or even shut off entirely with interruptions to the connection. The problem with this is that it does not solve the real problem and only targets ethical users of torrents unfairly.
Many argue that Internet service providers need to throttle torrents because some use too much bandwidth. Whether one is using a torrent to hog bandwidth or other forms, a hog is a hog. Whether they are hogging with piracy or hogging with ethical uses, they are still hogging bandwidth. However, it seems that the solution needs to be a bandwidth solution like a cap as opposed to simply targeting all users of torrents.
Another problem is that many do use torrents for good purposes. Some sites have larger files that are available for download like the last 6 months of podcasts, Linux distributions, or other things. They are using torrents as a way of saving money on bandwidth. If twenty computers are sharing these files with the world, it saves on server costs and gives their users more simultaneous connections to the torrent than there would be to a server. In the end, without the use of torrents the same bandwidth will still be transmitted across the network, it just won’t be via a torrent. The truth is, when people want large files, they will find a way of using that bandwidth since the file is something that is wanted.
Torrent is a great technology that is being targeted. Hopefully there will be a rational solution to allowing torrents in a world with bandwidth becoming more scarce since this technology does have quite a few practical applications for transmitting data across the Internet.