Google prepping broadband-monitoring tools

Google has announced that Google engineers have been working on tools to help identify if you are the victim of ISP throttling. With many ISP's now "shaping" the networks, many users are curious whether their own ISP is doing this to them.

"We're trying to develop tools, software tools...that allow people to detect what's happening with their broadband connections, so they can let (ISPs) know that they're not happy with what they're getting--that they think certain services are being tampered with," Google Senior Policy Director Richard Whitt said Friday morning during a panel discussion at the Innovation '08 conference in Santa Clara, Calif. "If the broadband providers aren't going to tell you exactly what's happening on their networks, we want to give users the power to find out for themselves."

Whitt would not say when the tools will be available or how they would work, but did indicate that Google engineers had been working on them for a while.


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