The FCC Comcast decision and Net Neutrality

Wednesday the U.S. Federal Communications Commission released the text of its Order sanctioning Comcast, a U.S. provider of broadband Internet access over cable lines, for selectively targeting and interfering with connections of peer-to-peer (P2P) applications. The Commission concluded “Although Comcast asserts that its conduct is necessary to ease network congestion, we conclude that the company’s discriminatory and arbitrary practice unduly squelches the dynamic benefits of an open and accessible Internet and does not constitute reasonable network management.” The decision is a big victory for Free Press and Public Knowledge, who mounted the regulatory challenge to Comcast's actions. Harold Feld's blog provides a very good analysis of the implications of this pro-net neutrality decision.

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