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[News] Net Neutrality Under Attack by Comcast

  • Subject: [News] Net Neutrality Under Attack by Comcast
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 10 Jan 2010 11:28:58 +0000
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Court Notices That The FCC Appears To Have No Legal Mandate To Enforce Net Neutrality

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| Still, it's not just the groups supporting the 
| FCC on net neutrality that are taking 
| inconsistent positions here. Remember how 
| Comcast -- which this latest ruling supports 
| -- has in the past used the argument that the 
| FCC does have this mandate over them to try to 
| avoid regulatory oversight in California. So 
| neither side looks very good here. In fact, in 
| a recent interview concerning the proposed 
| Comcast/NBC merger, Comcast's spokesperson 
| highlighted that people shouldn't be afraid of 
| NBC getting preferential treatment because 
| "existing law already prohibits any 
| discrimination." What existing law? Uh, the 
| same one Comcast just convinced the court 
| doesn't exist. In other words, the law doesn't 
| exist when Comcast doesn't like it, but if 
| anyone says Comcast might violate neutrality, 
| it insists the law suddenly does exist.


Court Questions FCC Authority to Impose Net Neutrality

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| FCC chairman Julius Genachowski has stated 
| that the FCC acted based on the Four Freedoms 
| outlined by the previous FCC administration in 
| 2005. These principles, while not formal 
| rules, have been used to govern net neutrality 
| on a case-by-case basis:
| 1. Consumers are entitled to access the lawful 
| Internet content of their choice.
| 2. Consumers are entitled to run applications 
| and use services of their choice, subject to 
| the needs of law enforcement.
| 3. Consumers are entitled to connect their 
| choice of legal devices that do not harm the 
| network.
| 4. Consumers are entitled to competition among 
| network providers, application and service 
| providers, and content providers. 



NBCU deal could bring Microsoft and Comcast back together again

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| I followed up with Microsoft this morning
| to find out the specific implications of
| the Comcast-GE announcement for msnbc.com,
| and the company referred me to an NBC
| Universal representative. I'll update this
| post depending on the response.
| Unless there's an unexpected twist, the
| deal would put Microsoft and Comcast in
| business together, via msnbc.com --
| potentially giving new life to a corporate
| relationship that appeared to have fizzled
| out. Microsoft in January sold its
| remaining 7.3 percent stake in Comcast,
| ending a relationship that had started
| with the Redmond company's landmark $1
| billion investment in the cable company in
| 1997.


Comcast deploying astroturfing services of Radian6, spying on blog postings
with their services

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| After being angered by yet another Comcast fuckup that led to me being W.O.I.
| (With Out Internet) for over nine hours one day last week, I noticed that
| within the next day, a Comcast ârepresentativeâ under the pseudonym
| of âMelissa Mendozaâ had commented on the post with links to their âsupportâ
| email address.
| As Iâve written about before, Microsoft and other large companies often use
| the services of large astroturfing  agencies. Microsoft uses one called
| Visible Technologies and apprently Comcast uses one called Radian6.


Comcast Fights FCC Net Neutrality Order

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| The case is important because other broadband ISPs have privately feared the
| FCC order could hold jurisdiction over them as well.


Comcast And Time Warner Team Up To Control What TV You Watch Online

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| So, it was no surprise back in February to hear of plans to make agreements
| between cable companies and content providers that would limit what kind of
| video you could watch online, requiring you to be a cable company subscriber
| and "authenticating" what you could watch. Thus, it should be no surprise
| that Comcast and Time Warner are now announcing exactly that.


Comcast Intercepts and Redirects Port 53 Traffic

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| If true, this is a pretty serious escalation in the Net Neutrality wars.
| Someone using Comcast, please replicate the simple experiment spelled out in
| the article and confirm or deny the truth of it.


EU elections - significant results for Telecoms Package

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| Greens and IND/DEM get a boost, and PSE dwindles, but the position of the UK
| Conservatives could be crucial for the Telecoms Package and the future of the
| open Internet


Comcast Internet throttling is up and running

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| COMCAST, the second-largest US cable television and Internet communications
| service provider, has a new broadband traffic throttling scheme installed and
| operating in all of its markets.
| The ISP's new regime for restricting its customers' bandwidth utilisation
| replaces its former stealthy practice of arbitrarily blocking subscribers'
| peer-to-peer (P2P) upload traffic, which was criticised by the FCC last year
| after it was exposed by the Associated Press and others.


Using Linux to Overcome Comcast's Policy of FUD

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| It's been two months now since Comcast announced its suffocating 250GB/month
| bandwidth quota (not cap). Needless to say, I've been infuriated with them
| since day one... I understand the methodology behind this kind of decision in
| regards to network administration... but why do they have to be such Nazis
| about it!!?!?
| [...]
| So in the end, Linux has solved all of my problems yet again. I will never
| have to worry about approaching 250GB in the dark. Untangle has been a huge
| help for me, and it just might help you if you're a heavy bandwidth user like
| I am.


Comcast, Verizon Agree To Cease-Fire On Patents

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| Comcast and Verizon Communications have inked a deal under which the two
| companies have agreed to not sue each other over patent claims for a period
| of five years, according to company sources and published reports.


Comcast, NetZero latest providers to bow to Cuomo's Usenet campaign

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| But in reality, Cuomo's pressure tactics have misfired. They led Time Warner
| Cable to pull the plug on some 100,000 Usenet discussion groups, including
| such hotbeds of illicit content as talk.politics and
| misc.activism.progressive. Verizon Communications deleted such unlawful
| discussion groups as us.military, ny.politics, alt.society.labor-unions, and
| alt.politics.democrats. AT&T and Time Warner Cable have taken similar steps.


Comcast files FCC impotence suit

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| But the meatpuppetting cable outfit says it will comply with the order while
| its appeal plays out in federal court. Under the order (PDF), Comcast has
| until September 19 to completely disclose its discriminatory network
| management practices and show how it intends to stop these practices by
| year's end.


Comcast to cap monthly consumer broadband

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| A far greater problem may be the slighting of cloud storage services that
| offer file transfer and backup. Services like Carbonite and Mozy let you back
| up and transfer the entirety of your computer's storage several times per
| month, which on many standard consumer machines can be in the hundreds of
| gigabytes.
| Apple, too, is just at the beginning stages of MobileMe, a service that
| offers sync and file backup to multiple devices. Additionally, the rumored
| all-you-can-eat iTunes could drastically change how much downloading users
| are doing on a monthly basis.


Comcast Gives Cold-Shoulder To Non-Profit School Running Linux

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| I think it would be rather fun to make the displeasure of Comcastâs Linux
| customers loudly known. If you would like to spend a few minutes letting
| Comcast know that is wrong to discriminate against customers due to their
| choice of operating system, the phone number to the Lake City, Fl. office is
| (386) 752-6161.


FCC pelts Comcast with rotten veg

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| Having put the company in the stocks two weeks ago, the FCC heaped a load of
| rotten vegetables over US cable giant Comcast yesterday.
| [...]
| The decision set a historic precedent for regulating packet networks, and not
| surprisingly much of the document (pdf) is devoted to a justification of why
| the FCC has the authority to intervene.


FCC on Comcast: Bravo!

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| Free Press (and others) alleged that Comcast was blocking the BitTorrent
| application. We've known for sometime the result in this case (because of the
| weird practice of the FCC to release the results of an order without
| necessarily releasing the order). But at the crack of dawn (California time)
| today, the Commission released its 34 page order.
| It is fantastically well done. So much so that I felt compelled (in that
| weird lawyer like way) to blather my own 5 pages of thanks in a letter to the
| Commission that will be mailed today.


Bipartisan FCC Majority Condemns Comcast's Illegal Blocking

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| WASHINGTON -- Today, the Federal Communications Commission published an
| enforcement order punishing Comcast, the nation's largest cable company, for
| blocking Internet users' access to legal online content and services. The
| order, approved by a bipartisan majority on Aug. 1, requires Comcast to stop
| its ongoing practice of blocking Internet content by the end of the year and
| disclose all "network management" practices.



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.


Microsoft Buys Into Brazil With $126M Globo Stake.

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| It deepened its U.S. cable
| presence in May when it agreed to invest $5 billion in AT&T Corp., following
| a $1 billion investment in Comcast Corp. in 1997.
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Comcast faces FCC slap over P2P throttling

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| Nevertheless, FCC Chairman Kevin Martin told the Associated Press that
| Comcast's actions had "violated" a set of principles adopted by the
| regulatory commission to protect consumers' access. Indeed, three of five FCC
| commissioners recently voted in favour of an item that stated the internet
| provider had violated federal policy by throttling peer-to-peer traffic over
| its network.
| The FCC is slated to issue a final ruling at a commission meeting scheduled
| for August 1.


FCC's Martin: Comcast blocking was widespread

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| Comcast's slowing of peer-to-peer traffic appeared to be more widespread than
| the company has disclosed, the chairman of the US Federal Communications
| Commission said this week.


Comcast Isnât Net Neutral; Are They Liars, Too?

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| Following reports that Comcast isnât 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,


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.


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.

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