There have been numerous reports that ISPs such as my ISP, Comcast, are interfering with various methods of distributing files in common use by software providers, methods like BitTorrent and FTP.
The Novoking virtual world is using ftp and the new Twinity virtual world is using http to distribute their installation files.
I’ve had a hell of a time getting either of these downloads to work. The ftp download starts and then shortly thereafter terminates long before completion.
I tried ftp-ing some small files; this worked with no problem.
I am at present using the download manager FlashGet to download the over 300 meg Novoking installation file. This appears to be working, but it looks like it will take over ten hours to download the file. The download rate reminds one of the dialup internet era.
For me, the real problem is a lack of any source of internet service other than Comcast. I live in an apartment, so satellite is not a real good option. The phone company here doesn’t provide DSL service, it stops about a mile or less away from me. The government imposes a monopoly on the provision of cable internet service, so effectively it’s Comcast or nothing.
So I suspect that in the short run one might want to get a download manager like FlashGet or something similar to help deal with this problem in the short run, while abolishing the governments that immorally provide monopoly privileges to big businesses for no logical reason at all that keep me from having the full range of choice internet providers that the market could be offering in the absence of government restrictions to some and privilege to others.