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[News] ISPs a Threat to the Freedom of the Internet

  • Subject: [News] ISPs a Threat to the Freedom of the Internet
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 07 Feb 2010 08:34:14 +0000
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FCC's Net Neutrality Plan Would Permit Blocking of BitTorrent

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| Remember what put the debate over net 
| neutrality into high gear? In 2007, EFF and 
| the Associated Press confirmed suspicions 
| that Comcast was clandestinely blocking 
| BitTorrent traffic. It was one of the first 
| clear demonstrations that ISPs are 
| technologically capable of interfering with 
| your Internet connection, and that they may 
| not even tell you about it. After receiving 
| numerous complaints, the FCC in 2008 
| stepped in and threw the book at Comcast, 
| requiring them to stop blocking BitTorrent. 
| The Comcast-BitTorrent experience put net 
| neutrality at the top of the FCC agenda.


Al Franken Makes Comcast's CEO Look Like A Tool

,----[ Quote ]
| Love him or hate him, Sen. Al Franken (D-
| MN), former employee of NBC, made Comcast's 
| befuddled CEO Brian "Comcatastrophe" 
| Roberts look like a complete tool during 
| yesterday's hearing on the proposed 
| Comcast/NBC mergepocalypse.
| We don't actually know if Brian 
| "Comcatastrophe" Roberts is generally as 
| confused and awkward as he appeared to be 
| while trying to explain why Comcast would 
| testify that FCC regulations provide 
| adequate safeguards for consumers -- after 
| it just argued that the same rules were 
| unconstitutional . Maybe he's usually 
| pretty sharp. We really don't know.



MBC finally gives in and embraces P2P sharing

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| MBC, a major Korean broadcasting company,
| announced (link in Korean) it will make
| nearly all of its content available to
| anyone for sharing. This means any
| individual or company can freely grab MBC's
| original content and put it up on their
| server without any restrictions.


Census of Files Available via BitTorrent

,----[ Quote ]
| BitTorrent is popular because it lets
| anyone distribute large files at low cost.
| Which kinds of files are available on
| BitTorrent? Sauhard Sahi, a Princeton
| senior, decided to find out. Sauhard's
| independent work last semester, under my
| supervision, set out to measure what was
| available on BitTorrent. This post,
| summarizing his results, was co-written by
| Sauhard and me.


Could P2P blocking be legalized by new net neutrality rules?

,----[ Quote ]
| The Electronic Frontier Foundation can't
| believe it: the FCC's network neutrality
| draft rules, if adopted in their current
| form, might give Comcast permission to
| flat-out block BitTorrentâprecisely the
| scenario that led to the rules being
| drafted.


Is deep-packet inspection a criminal offence?

,----[ Quote ]
| What seems clear is that Virgin may have a
| lengthy legal dispute in its hands if it
| insists on using DPI.  While they have not
| stated it, Virgin might be taking this
| decision in order to pre-empt any potential
| legal threats as content owners insist more
| and more on making ISPs liable for illegal
| content shared in their networks. It will
| be interesting to see if other ISPs follow
| Virginâs lead.

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