Ragnor:JonC:Ragnor: Common place in Australia for ISP's to not count upload data in their data caps, has been like that for years.
Most ISP's that are not large web hosts have a huge surplus of unused upload capacity.
If uploads were "free" surely that would just encourage torrent seeding. How do they get around that in Australia?
There's nothing to get around, ISP's typically buy domestic and international transit at symmetrical rates ie: same upload/download speed. Most services and users consume much more download bandwidth than upload, consider ADSL where you might have a 10Mbit download and 1Mbit upload etc.
There are plenty of legitimate services that consume upload data eg: voip, online backup etc
Even if you were seeding torrents (Linux iso's for example, wow patches etc) why should the ISP care what you are using your connection for - they are in the business of selling you bandwidth.
I guess my point was that because it's a free service, people might abuse it - so how do the ISPs get around that? I assume you're not allowed to set up your own web-site, etc.