The Comcast-FCC Battle Rages OnCategory: Internet
Posted: September 5, 2008 07:22AM
Last month, the FCC said that Comcast was violating the federal policy that "guarantees unfettered access to the Internet" by selectively blocking customers' Internet traffic. It all started when Comcast began aborting trasmissions from file-sharing software without informing customers. The FCC ruled that Comcast's practices were "discriminatory and arbitrary"; it wasn't up to Comcast to control what its customers could and could not do on the Internet. Comcast was ultimately forced by the FCC to disclose its "discriminatory network management" within 30 days of the ruling, and also must present a new plan to the stop these practices by year's end. Not surprisingly, Comcast isn't exactly thrilled over this ruling and as such, has appealed the case to the U.S. District Court of Appeals in Washington, seeking review of the case and a reversal of the ruling. We'll have to wait and see how this pans out.