Friday, August 01, 2008

FCC issues ruling against Comcast for blocking large file transfers


The Federal Communications Commission has, in a divided 3-2 administrative law voted, ruled against Comcast and ruled that Comcast violated FCC policy when it blocked some large file transfers for some customers, apparently using BitTorrent and P2P. The FCC was critical of Comcast’s unwillingness to disclose to consumers how it manages its traffic.

The FCC did not assess a fine.

Comcast says that it believes that the FCC is violating its due process rights. Comcast seems to be saying that the FCC’s network neutrality principles are too vague to be enforceable after the fact.

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama is said to favor network neutrality legislation.

The Washington Post ran (online) the AP story by John Dunbar at noon Aug 1. The original link is here.

The preliminary ruling was discussed on this blog July 11, 2008 with link to the PDF for the FCC policy given there.

August 2

The New York Times has a story in the Business Section by Saul Hansell, "F.C.C. Vote Sets Precedent on Unfettered Web Usage," link here.

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