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FCC chairman ready to take on ISPs over net neutrality

Written by Rich Fiscus (Google+) @ 25 Feb 2008 22:45 User comments (6)

FCC chairman ready to take on ISPs over net neutrality FCC Chairman Kevin Martin said today that "The commission is ready, willing and able to step in if necessary to correct any practices that are ongoing today." He made the statement at today's hearing at Harvard Law School's Berkman Center for Internet and Society.
Although the hearing was officially a general inquiring into network management practices of broadband internet providers, it was prompted by last year's revelation that Comcast is "managing" their network by disconnecting BitTorrent transfers from customer computers.

Based on statements today the cable giant likely has more to explain than why their practice of inserting their own data into BitTorrent uploads originating on their network telling the computers on each end that the other has ended the connection.

Of course that question will certainly be on the list, but Martin hinted at another issue that may be harder for Comcast officials to explain away. "Consumers need to know if and how network management practices distinguish between different applications, so they can configure their own applications and systems properly," he said.

For many people that's at the heart of the Comcast story. Company representatives have consistently delivered carefully worded statements defending practices they've refused to detail, beyond repeating over and over again that they don't block any traffic.

Of course the validity of that statement depends on what your definition of block is. In the same way that a red light doesn't "block" you from continuing forward, or the posted speed limit doesn't "block" you from going as fast as your car is capable, Comcast's practice doesn't block BitTorrent uploads.

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6 user comments

126.2.2008 3:20

Thank you Comcast, for continually letting down the customer.

226.2.2008 7:53

If Comcast weren't the fastest ISP in my area I would have switched already, but the othe companies are painstakingly slow. I just hope that this is resolved, and that net neutrality doesn't go to the way side.

326.2.2008 9:29

Originally posted by 21Q:
If Comcast weren't the fastest ISP in my area I would have switched already, but the othe companies are painstakingly slow. I just hope that this is resolved, and that net neutrality doesn't go to the way side.
just wait till your service is halved and you are left to wonder WTF is happening 0-o

anyway Comcast is government sanctioned monopoly, with the millions states get they wont do anything about it, the FCC might...if they don;t don;t put down the current bulldog..er chairman.

426.2.2008 20:06
drach
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In the same way that a red light doesn't "block" you from continuing forward, or the posted speed limit doesn't "block" you from going as fast as your car is capable, Comcast's practice doesn't block BitTorrent uploads.
I think that is one of the best analogies I have ever heard.

526.2.2008 22:33

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In the same way that a red light doesn't "block" you from continuing forward, or the posted speed limit doesn't "block" you from going as fast as your car is capable, Comcast's practice doesn't block BitTorrent uploads.
Thats the worst Analogies Iv'ever Heard of before in my life,

because comcast is like the Govenator of my car, sure it goes 140 MPH stock,but because of the Govenator(comcast)under my hood it only does 45 MPH. Unless i rip The Govenator(Comcast) out of my car it will never go stock speed.

and in the near future if Comcast isnt Stop, instead of not alowing my car to go over 45. they will just hit the destroy engine button on your car, (and call the authority's and have your lisenced Taken away)your right to brows the internet if your a bit slow on my analogies.

619.4.2008 19:44

Originally posted by snofleas:
Thank you Comcast, for continually letting down the customer.
I was going to write something but i guess the above statement covers my feeling to a Tee.

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