Last updated: February 21, 2008 - 10:13am
CONGRESSMAN TO COMCAST: STOP INTERFERING WITH BITTORRENT
[SOURCE: C-Net|News.com, AUTHOR: Chris Soghoian]
[Comentary] While a class action lawsuit is definitely one way to get Comcast to behave, another perhaps more productive way to do so is to have politicians step in and regulate. "Comcast has made a major mistake in attempting to hinder peer-to-peer file sharing as an aspect of its network management," Rep Rick Boucher (D-VA) said. "The inability of customers to (share files) significantly diminishes their ability to utilize the Internet for one of its most important applications, which is user-to-user content." He also noted that "file sharing is already being used for a wide variety of perfectly lawful and appropriate applications." Discussing the realities of limited resources that the company faces, Rep Boucher said, "Comcast obviously needs to engage in some aspect of network management. The company has limited bandwidth, and there are times when there is more demand for service than the infrastructure can support." However, the congressman stressed that "(the) management needs to occur in a more evenhanded way" and that "(Comcast) should not engage in a blanket disqualification of any category of lawful applications."
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