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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Comcast Wins the BitTorrent Throttling Case

Comcast Wins the BitTorrent Throttling Case

Comcast Wins the BitTorrent Throttling Case

Added: Thursday, April 8th, 2010
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Ridiculous Criminal Trials
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
The US DC Court of Appeals has stood for Comcast in the long-drawn case concerning the “net neutrality” principles of FCC against the ability of Internet Service Provider to handle its network traffic. Back in 2007, Comcast said that it considers choking BitTorrent traffic a licit way to let network traffic become available for everyone.

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Later the critics, including the FCC, argued that it’s a violation of the “net neutrality” principle, claiming that all kinds of online traffic have to be treated identically, irrespectively of the levels of consumption. They also suggested that Comcast had underlying motives in discouraging video downloading, because it competed with the company’s cable TV business, which was developing rapidly.

The FCC finally ordered Comcast to stop BitTorrent throttling and provide the commission with the details of how such practice had been used, as well as to provide its users with details of the network managing plans for the future. Then they concluded that the policy didn’t comply with the principle of an open and accessible Internet and therefore can’t be a reasonable sort of network management.

However, Comcast decided to appeal FCC’s ruling with the US DC Court of Appeals to protect its rights, claiming that the commission’s decision was based on the absence of existing legal standards. In the meantime, Comcast complied with the commission’s order, quitting BitTorrent throttling last January and having started to target heavy customers instead.

Finally, this week Court of Appeal sided with the ISP, pointing out that FCC has never been given by the Congress the power to control the Internet or network management, and agreed that there were no legal grounds for making Comcast stop its own practice.

Such outcome of the case means that ISPs are now free to manage their networks as they wish. Moreover, taking into account the fact that Comcast bought NBC Universal 4 months ago, it’s becoming clear that broadband and content providers are merging and turning to digital content distribution. ISPs now have all chances to do it successfully, as they are free to choke or even block the rivals – undesirable services and applications. The last hope to avoid this remains the decision of the Congress to interfere and act with clear cut legislation.


By:
SaM
April 8th, 2010

Posted by: 
SaM

Date:  Thursday, April 8th, 2010



Comments (20) (please add your comment »)

1
posted by (2010-04-08 15:16:24)
chaotic4u avatarThis is not good at all.

2
posted by Blocked (2010-04-08 16:22:36)
No avatarPiss on Comcast

3
posted by (2010-04-08 16:47:37)
RunsWithBulls avatarThanks Sam. This is horrible and the gov is getting to much money throw there way to do anything. Got my fingers crossed on this one.

4
posted by (2010-04-08 17:44:15)
moonwalk07388 avatarim sure in the long run that someone will make a total differnt change to bittorent TO a change of the name and system. But be safe :)

5
posted by (2010-04-08 18:52:30)
wesker avatarNo competition= license to be assholes.

6
posted by (2010-04-08 19:05:34)
chuckyd964 avatarman screw comcast

7
posted by ET loverSuperman (2010-04-08 19:09:23)
tonymengela avataron one side the gov has been limited and freedom sustained on the other customers who pay for a service speed and freedom of content and privacy of content has been given to the corporation again, which I suspect was the purpose in the first place

8
posted by (2010-04-08 23:23:06)
Stayingtrue avatar"F-en" Comcast I wish I had another choice for internet service in my area, I would switch in a minute.

9
posted by Blocked (2010-04-08 23:48:45)
menahunie avatarRemember those ads for unlimited service from them?
They took a lesson from Bill Clinton when he stated " what is IS". Hey this is from a guy getting a BJ and stating that isn't sex...
From what I have been subjected to; the throttling appears to be being blasted with RST packets and at a level to the point that the modem locks up.
THAT is why I quit cable broadband and went DSL+2 42.00 per month; downloads at 13mbps and no RST's.
You have all missed a very important thing; the telephone companies were kicked in the nuts about ten years by the cable companies. They now have learned their lesson; major upgrades to broadband services; streaming video, etc. Look at Verizon's optical fiber network as an example.
The cable companies by refusing to upgrade their networks over selling the networks causing over loads due to not enough bandwith; THEN BLAMING THE USERS FOR THAT.
I have seen a friends cable connect speed way up after a certain time of the day - people going to eat dinner...
But the point I am making is the cable companies are going to get blind sided with a base ball bat by the phones companies... The reason for that is the cable companies have their head stuck up a very dark and warm smelly place..

10
posted by (2010-04-09 00:35:25)
No avatarI agree with mena maybe not for the completly same reasons, but his points do seem reasonable. Although as of late I've had comcast and had no issues with them, and have never touched the capped. Which is surprising all the downloads I do. Hopefully one day I'll be able to get the fios though.

11
posted by (2010-04-09 01:18:57)
oriadan avatarUnfortunately Com Cast is my isp..However I have never experienced throttling, I ve been getting great speeds, but com cast sucks anyway

12
posted by (2010-04-09 05:12:53)
CrashHole avatargotta love seed boxes :)

13
posted by (2010-04-09 06:44:09)
4JIMi2sTEXAS0 avatar#9 first off don't bash clinton, he wasn't the first to cheat, hes just the first to be caught !!... and yeah i agree FAWK comcast !!!

14
posted by Blocked (2010-04-09 09:16:40)
iamezaz avatarComcast is a good ISP but after doing that Comcast sucks!!!

15
posted by (2010-04-09 10:00:34)
ic3m4l3 avatarwow feel sorry 4 u americans ur isps suk!!

16
posted by (2010-04-10 02:40:47)
Brynn217 avatarBe very Wary... Comcast not only throttles but has also provided customer information to authorities upon request... If Sony wants to press charges on you, and you belong to Comcast, they can easily get all your history from Comcast... Verizon on the other hand has cited Privacy Laws when asked for their records, they dont sell their customers out...

But I am sure that Laws governing the ISPs will be forth coming from Congress, (when Senator Ben gets Throttled at home trying to download When Harry Met Sally)

17
posted by (2010-04-11 00:52:18)
megaplay avatarFiber optics are the way to go. Cable has no chance to survive if they don't do some serious upgrades. People want speed...the internet is not what it used to be 10 years ago...people like to stream movies and music...give the people what they want...more speed and more bandwidth!!

18
posted by (2010-04-13 06:38:33)
No avatarGuys WE have a lot of skills together we can get around this like everything else if we put our minds to it we done make great things in our digital world Just crack the internet it was originally to be a free means for the world to communicate well let make it ours the worlds

19
posted by (2010-04-13 07:40:30)
marblezilla avatarComcast made me happy after switching from Yahoo DSL. My bandwidth went from 3M d/l up to 20-30M.

I never had slack speeds but maybe I should read up on any testing methods. My average D/l speed on a torrent is about 150-300 but have gotten 1000 many times.

I have about 700G of Vids alone on my "Porn Drive". That should be a big enough bribe to stop any choking in Calif if I find the right un-married employee the next time I go in to pay my bill. Too bad it's a package deal or I'd worry more about switching...Heh!

20
posted by (2010-04-15 08:13:06)
YUGOT2BANAGR avatarcomcast just shut down my internet cuase i went over there limit. they told me if i do it again they will turn it off for 12 months. I told them maybe if they get more of the hd channels i want to watch maybe I wouldnt have to use so much.



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