Monday, August 4, 2008

Daily Kos: Big Net Neutrality Win Courtesy the FCC

Daily Kos: Big Net Neutrality Win Courtesy the FCC:

"Federal regulators voted 3-2 on Friday to declare that Comcast's throttling of
BitTorrent traffic last year was unlawful, marking the first time that any U.S.
broadband provider has ever been found to violate Net neutrality rules.
Federal Communications Commission handed Comcast a cease-and-desist order and
required the company to disclose to subscribers in the future how it plans to
manage traffic. Comcast had said that its measures to slow BitTorrent transfers,
which it voluntarily ended in March, were necessary to prevent its network from
being overrun.
'We need to protect consumers' access, said FCC Chairman
Kevin Martin, a Republican. 'While Comcast has said it would stop the arbitrary
blocking, consumers deserve to know that the commitment is backed up by legal

This is good news. While I don't share the doom-and-gloom of many pushing for net neutrality, I just think it is the better idea.

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