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[News] Comcastsoft Persists with P2P Crusade

Comcast Sets its Sights on Peer to Peer Apps

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| Comcast describes the solution it proposes as "self regulation." It's a term 
| that's been applied in the past to the film, television, music, and videogame 
| industries, each of which have applied voluntary ratings to keep adult-themed 
| material out of the hands of minors.   
| But critics argue that what Comcast really wants bears little resemblance to 
| the warning labels placed on entertainment content. Instead, they say, 
| Comcast is looking for a way to justify the practice of throttling or 
| blocking outright any traffic coming from P2P applications, something they 
| allege the broadband provider has been doing for the last year.    



Comcast, Microsoft team up to serve smaller firms

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| Microsoft's move to offer the online software suite appears designed to 
| compete with a similar offering from rival Google Inc (GOOG.O: Quote, 
| Profile, Research) known as Google Apps.  


Comcast admits paying attendees at FCC hearing

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| Comcast Corp. admitted yesterday that it paid people to attend a government 
| hearing. Company critics say the freelance attendees were there to crowd them 
| out; Comcast says they were merely saving seats for employees.  


Comcast stacked Net Neutrality meeting


Allegations fly in FCC hearing aftermath

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| Comcast Corp. on Tuesday acknowledged hiring people to fill seats before the 
| start of a contentious federal hearing on how the company manages its 
| broadband network, allowing its employees to take those seats when the 
| filled-to-capacity hearing started.   


US senator accuses FCC of rigging 700MHz auction

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| Wireless watchers are still waiting for the final results of the The Great 
| American Wireless Auction, but that hasn't stopped at least one US Senator 
| from dubbing the FCC's $20bn bid-off "a disaster".  


BitTorrent Admin Monitored by US Government, Forced to Dump Linux

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| Sk0t, an ex-administrator of the EliteTorrents BitTorrent tracker is to have 
| his internet connection forcibly monitored by the US Government. If that 
| wasn’t bad enough, the monitoring software is Windows based - which means he 
| is being forced to ditch Linux - or face being barred from the internet.   


Is Comcast's BitTorrent filtering violating the law?

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| Assuming that the SYN packet goes through, the three-way handshake is allowed 
| to happen, then the two hosts will be able to begin communicating. Your ISP 
| can still kill the connection later, should they wish to, merely by blocking 
| the transmission of future packets.   
| According to Torrent Freak, Comcast is not doing this. They are instead 
| sending a reset (or RST) packet to the Comcast customer, pretending to be 
| from the host at the end of the BitTorrent connection.   


Comcast Isn’t Net Neutral; Are They Liars, Too?

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| Following reports that Comcast isn’t net neutral, Consumerist blog has 
| acquired several leaks from Comcast insiders, claiming that they do indeed 
| use Sandvine for packet shaping, and that customer service representatives 
| are being told nothing about how the network technology works,   


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