WASHINGTON (AP) — 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.
I signed a contract with Comcast for a service that was advertised as providing unlimited data transfer at 5 Mb/s. By shaping their clients’ Internet traffic, Comcast was clearly offering a service that was falsely advertised, even if they weren’t violating their own contract with the customer.
Am I just another copyright violator complaining because Comcast is thwarting my ability to break the law? No, there are legitimate uses of p2p networks, such as distributing open source software. Many OSS developers recommend using p2p networks to distribute their products, since they provide better data integrity and take a load off the developers’ servers.
Oh, well. I’ll be moving soon, and I won’t have to put up with Comcast anymore.