WASHINGTON--Federal regulators may be probing Comcast's throttling of BitTorrent filesharing traffic, but can they actually take action, if they choose, against the company or any other broadband provider on Net neutrality grounds?
The answer may not be simple. And if the FCC and other regulators are really powerless--in other words, if they need Congress to enact new laws--it means that any threats to take action against Comcast, based on alleged violations of the law today, are merely empty ones.
That's the issue that former staffers and officials from the Federal Communications Commission and Federal Trade Commission took up … Read more
Cox is the latest Internet service provider to have been found blocking peer-to-peer traffic on its network.
The Max Planck Institute for Software Systems released a survey Thursday showing that 54 percent of Cox subscribers reported having their connections blocked when they tried to share files over the Internet. Comcast has been castigated for a similar practice, but apparently it wasn't the only company engaging in such action, according to the Associated Press.
Correction, 5/15, 6:15 p.m.: The purchase price for Plaxo was previously misstated. The price is thought to fall in the $150 million to $170 million range.
Comcast is adding a social dimension to its services through the acquisition of Plaxo, a deal the two companies announced Wednesday afternoon.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the purchase price is thought to be in the $150 million to $170 million range.
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Today we talk with Doug Bandes from Broadband Enterprises about the new Web shows the network has to offer. Plus, we'll spend some time talking more about The Dark Knight, as well as Comcast capping your bandwidth. So come take a listen--if your ISP allows it.
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Yesterday I was in Internet purgatory. Today I'm back in the land of the living.
The occasion? Cable installation--an activity on par with going to get fillings at the dentist. It's time consuming, and often a learning experience about the quirks of wherever you're living. When my wonderful technician was done, I had play-off basketball and what I thought was a working pipe into the Web. However, I learned soon after that, Comcast had changed its system for getting customers online since the last time we had leased a modem.
The latest system requires you to install … Read more
AT&T on Friday denied using forged reset packets to interfere with network connections of Vuze file-sharing platform users, as Comcast has been accused of doing with BitTorrent traffic.
The statement came in response to a report released earlier this week (PDF) by Vuze, which offers a BitTorrent-based client primarily used for distributing video. The start-up has asked the Federal Communications Commission to impose regulations prohibiting broadband operators from blocking or degrading peer-to-peer traffic.
Vuze's report claimed to document the median reset rates experienced by more than 1,200 "autonomous system numbers," which are unique identifiers … Read more