BitTorrent open sources more "polite," congestion-aware protocol
µTP is network-aware, detecting congestion and automatically reigning in bandwidth usage. That should, in turn, mean less traffic shaping by providers and healthier networks. BitTorrent reports positive results from their own testing so far, and its spokesperson Jenna Broughton told TorrentFreak "Informally, several technical insiders have confirmed a noticeable shift in traffic from TCP to uTP, and they seem generally positive about the deployment thus far. Universally, they commend the spirit of cooperation in helping manage congestion on the network."
No ISPs have been willing to offer formal statements, however, and some users report significantly slower downloads with µTP. It's still quite nascent, however. As the protocol matures, issues are resolved, and adoption picks up steam, µTP could play a major role in the next generation of peer-to-peer.