FCC Chief Says Comcast Violated Internet Rules

The head of the Federal Communications Commission said Thursday he will recommend that the nation's largest cable company be punished for violating agency principles that guarantee customers open access to the Internet. The potentially precedent-setting move stems from a complaint against Comcast Corp. that the company had blocked Internet traffic among users of a certain type of "file sharing" software that allows them to exchange large amounts of data.

"The commission has adopted a set of principles that protects consumers access to the Internet," FCC Chairman Kevin Martin told The Associated Press late Thursday. "We found that Comcast's actions in this instance violated our principles." Martin said Comcast has "arbitrarily" blocked Internet access, regardless of the level of traffic, and failed to disclose to consumers that it was doing so.

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I dont know if FCC is right on this, but if they really force Comcast i think every ISP on the planet should start charging customer by their download usage and connection IOs.

That's ridiculous when ISPs in other countries are moving to much faster unlimited speeds. Should USA artificially become a 3rd world country when it comes to technology just because a few companies can make more money in the short term?

This is why net neutrality is needed. comcast or FCC aren't ones to judge or make "internet rules" else where's the public and global say in what these "rules" are ? exactly, it's bs.

Why does comcast have to block internet traffic when other larger and smaller isp's allow bittorrent traffic on their network?

Lame...

I don't know how the world works, exactly, but the internet needs to run on GLOBAL STANDARDS, not country, company, state, or city standards... Bandwidth throttling is bad, mmkay?

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