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August 1st, 2008
The FCC has voted to not punish Comast. There will be (some) penalty (maybe) next time.
In a precedent-setting decision, the five-member Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 to uphold a complaint accusing Comcast of violating the FCC’s open-Internet principles by improperly hindering peer-to-peer traffic.
“Subscribers should be able to go where they want, when they want, and generally use the Internet in any legal means,” FCC Chairman Kevin Martin said in a statement.
Comcast said in a statement that it was disappointed by the decision and was considering all its “legal options.”
The measure adopted by the FCC does not include any fines against Comcast. But it requires the company to cease impeding peer-to-peer applications, to tell the FCC how the practice has been used, and to notify customers about other network management practices it adopts in the future.
Did we really expect anything different?
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