Comcast – FCC Says Shame, Shame

The FCC chairman wants to punish Comcast for blocking certain traffic which the cable company says eats up bandwidth. What has come to light is that Comast is not the only one practicing the  blocking of Internet traffic. It is just that Comcast got caught at it. The FCC chairman may recommend that Comcast be punished for their deeds. Though exactly what that punishment might be is unknown. According to the New York Times:

Such an action would be the first time that regulators have slapped an Internet provider for violating F.C.C. open-access rules. Those rules are designed to prevent providers from favoring some services over others — for example, by accelerating the transfer of video from their own movie service or slowing down transfers from competitors.

That will surely please “net neutrality” advocates like Free Press, which brought the original complaint. The group issued a statement Thursday night saying: “The F.C.C. now appears ready to take action on behalf of consumers. This is an historic test for whether the law will protect the open Internet. If the commission decisively rules against Comcast, it will be a remarkable victory for organized people over organized money.”

Comcast’s blocking efforts ignited a wildfire of criticism last fall, after the A.P. tested Comcast’s network and reported that the cable company was manipulating Internet protocols to intermittently block file transfers made by customers using a popular program called BitTorrent.

Comcast, the nation’s largest cable provider, admitted that it was slowing down certain traffic but claimed it was legitimately managing its network so that a few bandwidth hogs didn’t bog things down for everyone else.

I use a cable connection for Internet access, since DSL is not available where I live. I’m paying $43 a month with taxes just for the luxury of connecting and downloading files using a faster speed than what dial up would provide. Because of this premium I pay, I expect my service to be as fast as possible. No matter what I choose to download, I do not believe that any cable company has the right to throttle back or block any connection.

What do you think? Should Comcast be made an example of and be prohibited from blocking any Internet traffic?

Comments welcome.


Article Written by

I have been writing for Lockergnome for eight years.

  • Ryan

    From a Comcast flyer, emphasis is mine:

    “And with Powerboost technology, videos on SUPPORTED WEBSITES can load up to TWICE AS FAST”

    So in other words, download a Linux torrent at 300 K/sec, download movie trailers from at 2 Mbps.

    Gee, just what I got cable for!

  • Ryan

    I guess what I meant was I wouldn’t be quite as mad if they’d quit peeing on me and telling me it was raining.

  • Zenium

    I’m with you Ron. I pay Comcast $60 per month. At that price, (or any price for that matter) Comcast has no business slowing down my file transfers. I’m paying for the full service and expect the full service.

    If the transfers are slowed because of network congestion, that is a different story.. It usually is transient, unless the network is poorly designed. And all I need to do is try again at a different time.

  • Joseph Krak

    I agree wholeheartedly! That said, our do-nothing congress will no doubt follow the money trail of industry lobbyists and quietly allow this practice to continue, if not proliferate.

  • system001

    as i stated every customer comcast has can not excede the 6 mbps. that is locked by comcast. so comcast’s story about bandwidth hogs is just that a story. this story was created so comcast can try to hide the fact that that they are not upgrading as fast as they should. joseph i am no fan of the congress or the senate, however the senate has all ready threatened the fcc to make them enforce what neutrality laws are there.

  • Anna McCullough

    Wholeheartedly agree. If I wanted my download speed throttled back I’d go back to dialup. I pay for the privilege of high-speed – it’s patent false advertising if I don’t get it.

  • Jerry

    Looks like the corporate leadership will have to take some of the profits and reinvest them in greater bandwidth. Or maybe reduce some of their personal benefits and bonuses — oh! sorry, I shouldn’t have said that.


    Geez Ron,
    You think you should get what you want when you pay for it?
    Then you have the nerve to pick on your neighbor for driving a V8? You want fast, and so does your neighbor. Seems kind of one sided to me…..

  • Paul

    I’ve used Bit Torrent myself in the past, but I don’t support bandwith hogs. Charge more if they want to run BT 24/7.

  • Jeff Turner

    Nathalie rocks! It does seem like the most simple path wins. Thanks Kelly!

    • Nathalie Lussier

      Thanks Jeff! It’s true, sometimes we end up overcomplicating things when we could just as easy keep it simple. 😉