Last updated: February 21, 2008 - 12:09pm
COMMENTS IN FCC'S BROADBAND-NETWORK-MANAGEMENT INQUIRY
[SOURCE: Broadcasting&Cable, AUTHOR: John Eggerton]
Comments continued to pour in regarding the Federal Communications Commission's inquiry into broadband-network practices, with the National Cable & Telecommunications Association arguing that the marketplace, not regulation, is the best governor on those practices -- a point seconded by Comcast in comments explaining its much-criticized management of BitTorrent traffic. The NCTA argued in its filing that the public interest is served by allowing network owners to manage traffic in order to provide the highest level of service to all customers. Net neutrality backers Free Press took aim at the comments. Marvin Ammori, general counsel of Free Press, which filed the complaint against the company, said that Comcast was making a "desperate attempt to spin its Internet blocking," he said. "Cut through all the jargon, and this much is clear: Comcast isn't managing bandwidth hogs, it's undercutting competition.
* Comcast Declares War on Consumers (Free Press)
CDT COMMENTS ON PENDING FCC INTERNET NEUTRALITY PETITIONS
In comments filed today, CDT urged the Federal Communications Commission not to impose formal rules regulating the techniques broadband Internet providers use to manage traffic on their networks. CDT also warned, however, that actions by network operators to degrade particular online services or applications raise serious concerns for competition and innovation. CDT recommended that the Commission add a new non-degradation or non-discrimination principle to its existing broadband Policy Statement, and stressed that any network management policy that involves degrading some traffic should be reasonably transparent, evenly applied, and consistent with core internetworking standards. February 13, 2008
CDT Comments to FCC on Net Neutrality Petitions [PDF], February 13, 2008: http://www.cdt.org/speech/20080213_FCC_comments.pdf
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