FCC to Rule Comcast Can’t Block Web Videos


The FCC is expected to make an announcement this week that could significantly affect the direction of bandwidth management in the years to come. Although it certainly can’t be said that this was unexpected, the decision could signal the beginning of an official backlash against practices that are judged to conflict with net neutrality.

Here’s what the Wall Street Journal had to say…

Washington — Federal regulators are set to announce this week that Comcast Corp. wrongly slowed some of its customers’ Internet traffic, in a victory for consumer groups and high-tech companies that have fought to keep Web traffic free from interference.

The Federal Communications Commission will rule that the cable giant violated federal policy by deliberately preventing some customers from sharing videos online via file-sharing services like BitTorrent, agency officials said. The company has acknowledged it slowed some traffic, but said it was necessary to prevent a few heavy users from overburdening its network.

The decision, expected Friday, would set an important precedent in the continuing fight about how far phone and cable companies can go to make more money from their Internet networks. Cable and phone companies are experimenting with new ways to deal with people who use a lot of bandwidth, including “Internet metering” — charging customers for the amount they use.

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