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[News] The FCC Gives Google the Go-ahead, Probes Comcast for Net Filtering

  • Subject: [News] The FCC Gives Google the Go-ahead, Probes Comcast for Net Filtering
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 15 Jan 2008 14:46:34 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
  • User-agent: KNode/0.10.4
FCC clears Google to bid in wireless auction

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| Communications regulators have cleared Google to bid in an upcoming auction 
| of coveted wireless airwaves, according to auction documents released by the 
| Federal Communications Commission on Monday. Google was among a list of 
| potential bidders released by the FCC that have made a required up-front  
| payment and have been cleared to take part in the high-stakes 700MHz wireless 
| auction.    


FCC asks Comcast about Internet filter

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| Comcast Corp. Monday said it has received letters of inquiry from the Federal 
| Communications Commission regarding complaints that the company actively 
| interferes with its subscribers' Internet traffic.  


FCC officially opens proceeding on Comcast's P2P throttling

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| The Federal Communications Commission has officially opened a pair of 
| rule-making proceedings over network management in the wake of the discovery 
| that Comcast occasionally blocks some BitTorrent and other traffic (Comcast 
| calls it "delaying"). The proceedings are not unexpected, seeing as how FCC 
| Chairman Kevin Martin promised an investigation last week at the Consumer 
| Electronics Show.     



Consumer groups want Comcast fined for thwarting the Bible

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| A number of consumer groups are petitioning the FCC to fine Comcast $195,000 
| for every customer affected by their BitTorrent-throttling practices. The FCC 
| has said in the past that service providers can't "block" customers from 
| using certain applications or websites, but it hasn't enforced that policy.   


Comcast reported to FCC

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| P2P throttling breaks FCC 'net neutrality' policy
| [...]
| Among the consumer groups who have approached the FCC are the Consumer 
| Federation of America, the Consumers Union, the Media Access Project and 
| professors at the Internet practices of the Yale, Harvard and Stanford law 
| schools.   


Comcast's "We Don't Throttle BitTorrent" Internal Talking Points Memo


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,   


Senators want probe of Comcast's BitTorrent 'discrimination'

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| The senators suggested the incidents indicate "Congress should consider 
| adopting targeted regulations to protect consumers and ensure a vibrant and 
| open communications platform."  


Congressman to Comcast: Stop interfering with BitTorrent

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| While a class action lawsuit is definitely one way to get Comcast to behave, 
| another perhaps more productive way to do so is to have politicians step in 
| and regulate.  
| On Tuesday, I discussed the issue of Comcast's anti-BitTorrent "network 
| management" with Rep. Rick Boucher, D-Va., who is a strong supporter of 
| consumer rights and has led the battle to undo the damage caused by the 
| Digital Millennium Copyright Act, or DMCA.    


OiNK Down, Norwegian BitTorrent Trackers Next

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| With the BitTorrent world spinning on its heels after the shock takedown of 
| the huge OiNK tracker, there are now indications that the shutdowns may 
| continue. According to the lawyer who lost against ‘DVD Jon’, next stop is 
| Norway and raids are imminent.   


TorrentSpy Traffic Plunges After US Ban

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| The MPAA has caused TorrentSpy, once the most popular BitTorrent site, some 
| serious headaches. After a federal judge ordered TorrentSpy to log all user 
| data stored in RAM, they decided to block access to US users, consequently 
| their traffic dropped significantly.   


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 Cuts Off Heavy Internet Users

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| Customers complain bandwidth limits are secret.


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