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Comcast pays up for torrent throttling

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 25 Dec 2009 22:17 User comments (11)

Comcast pays up for torrent throttling Comcast, the ISP found guilty of throttling bandwidth of BitTorrent users without first letting the public or the FCC know, has settled its class-action lawsuit today, agreeing to pay $16 million (minus $3 million in fees) to customers who were affected by their actions.
Says the ISP: "We are pleased to have reached a settlement in these consolidated class action lawsuits. Although we continue to believe that our network management practices were appropriate and in the best interests of our customers, we prefer to put this matter behind us and avoid a potentially lengthy and distracting legal dispute that would serve no useful purpose."

Comcast was sued by customers who claimed the throttling of P2P traffic violated consumer-protection laws by misrepresenting the service they were paying for, which claimed "unfettered" broadband in TV commercials and online.

The FCC got involved after the word of the throttling went public via bloggers, and the committee ruled that Comcast must change its network-management practices. The ruling was appealed however, and the new case begins in early January.

Although the $16 million USD settlement may seem like a large number, Comcast subscribers can only receive up to $16 each.

To be eligible, you must have used any of the following programs or services between April 1, 2006 and Dec. 31, 2008: Ares, BitTorrent, eDonkey, FastTrack or Gnutella.

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11 user comments

125.12.2009 22:34

It's good that Comcast was brought to task, but...

If you're stupid enough to use outdated P2P software for file-sharing, you'll be stupid enough to put yourself on a file-sharing list...for $16 profit. :P

225.12.2009 23:50
llongtheD
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Don't you just love corporations like this? They sell "unlimited" bandwidth plans and then throttle them. 16 million is a joke to them, they probably saved alot more by ripping off their customers.

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 25 Dec 2009 @ 23:51

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326.12.2009 4:25
fgamer
Inactive

OK, $16 million is like a handbag for Brittany Spears. Come on now, Comcast should've been on the line for more than that. They should've been done the same way Microsoft is usually done, for much much more money than that.

426.12.2009 12:38

Considering Comcast charges ~$53 per month for their basic high-speed Internet access a $16 payment is garbage.

I would have much rather had the cap removed, or at the very least doubled, rather than get put on a file-sharers list for a one-time payment that covers only 1/3 of one month of Internet access.

526.12.2009 14:09

Comcast should be put out of business. Not only are they thieves (google on- comcast downgrade HD movie) but they label their bittorrent users are communists. If i had my way, i would shut down their business & give it to another cable company.

627.12.2009 1:56

comcast is a retarded and people there are also retards. Thank God Im in time warner area. time warner is less retarded.

727.12.2009 23:45

Originally posted by kfir1:
comcast is a retarded and people there are also retards. Thank God Im in time warner area. time warner is less retarded.

LMAO!! Less retarded. I second that.

828.12.2009 10:58

Quote:
Originally posted by kfir1:
comcast is a retarded and people there are also retards. Thank God Im in time warner area. time warner is less retarded.

LMAO!! Less retarded. I second that.
Time Warner is also crap. How about a DVR that only records "sometimes" HD movies that come in in black and white, no audio or not at all... or the lack of the HD alternative to MANY of the networks offered on DirecTV or Dish. Not to mention TW's overpriced phone services as well.

928.12.2009 14:53

wasn't there a lawsuit against crapcast for downgrading "HD quality" movies to something less? Hey, if there isn't a lawsuit now maybe I could start one.

CC needs to be put out of business. they suck. ALL FAIL!!


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104.1.2010 13:49

Originally posted by Ducky04:
wasn't there a lawsuit against crapcast for downgrading "HD quality" movies to something less? Hey, if there isn't a lawsuit now maybe I could start one.

CC needs to be put out of business. they suck. ALL FAIL!!
Yeah maybe you can get everyone another one-time $16 discount too.

115.1.2010 11:56
gixxer07
Inactive

CRAPCAST SUCKS! I AGREE... THAT 16 MILLION I THINK I PAID THAT IN MY LAST THREE MONTHS BILL...LOL

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