Be broadband denies BitTorrent ban
Customers blame Carter
Be broadband has denied accusations from customers it is blocking access to popular BitTorrent trackers including Pirate Bay and Mininova.
Reports that several trackers were unavailable began to emerge yesterday morning. The problems are understood to be ongoing.
In the wake of the forthcoming anti-piracy measures announced in the Digital Britain report on Tuesday, subscribers immediately sensed a pre-emptive mover by Be, which is owned by O2.
Not so, the firm said. A spokesman said engineers were looking into a routing problem, but specifically denied any blocking.
Be told customers: "There appears to be an issue affecting some of our IP ranges accessing some networks mainly in Sweden and the Netherlands reigons. Whilst a lot of the torrent sites may be hosted in this region it is actually affecting multiple destinations on these particular networks and is not limited to just torrent sites."
A fix was expected soon, the spokesman added. ®
Be might need to rename themselves, "Was"
I joined Be after they were acquired by O2 but when the old management and staff were still there. I have a long line but the speed was better than I expected and they were very reliable. they never slowed down in the evenings.
However, I understand that all the old management have gone since O2 launched the service under their own brand, and earlier this year there was a clear out of the middle ranking people, including the customer services people who listened to and engaged with the customers. There has also been a noable drop in the quality of service, though I won't say it's bad yet. I've got friends onto Be and they're finding it the same.
So I think Be is now well and truely being absorbed by the O2 mindset and it won't be long before O2 wonder why they offer the same service over two brands, with two sets of staff, and Be will disappear.
Shame, all the good ISPs fall apart in the end (Pipex, Nildram, Entanet, etc) while the bad ones hurple along year after year.
BE isn't as good as it was
I don't use P2P, but newsgroup usage is now shockingly slow for me and I don't even use the binary groups.
Time for me to move I think.
Anyone got any suggestions?
"I have noticed a reduction in speed and a increase in latency. "
Classic sign your bits are now being given the once-over before being passed on?