Last updated: March 5, 2008 - 9:59am
ADVOCACY GROUP TO FCC: COMCAST SHOULD UPGRADE NETWORK, NOT IMPEDE TRAFFIC
[SOURCE: OnlineMediadaily, AUTHOR: Wendy Davis]
Comcast should respond to bandwidth shortages by upgrading its network and increasing capacity rather than impeding traffic to peer-to-peer sites, advocacy group Free Press argued to the Federal Communications Commission. "Consumers want upgrades and a competitive market would provide such upgrades," the group wrote in supplemental comments filed recently with the FCC. "Without investment in upgrades, we'll continue to fall behind our global competitors." Last year, an investigation by The Associated Press revealed that Comcast was slowing traffic to BitTorrent and other peer-to-peer sites. Free Press and other advocates, as well as online video company Vuze, subsequently filed FCC complaints charging Comcast with singling out peer-to-peer networks for special treatment. The groups allege that Comcast's actions violate a 2005 FCC policy statement endorsing net neutrality.
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