Comcast To FCC – My Dad Can Beat Up Your Dad

After Comcast was banished from the playground for not playing well with others, the cable giant ran home to mommy. Citing the FCC as being a bully, Comcast has chosen to get their Dad to beat up the Dad at the FCC. Comcast is saying that the FCC has over stepped its authority and they will prove their case in people’s court.

According to this NY Times article it states:

The central issue is whether the sanction was appropriate, given that the commission had not previously published a rule about the issue in question: Whether Internet providers can choose to block one Web site or program while allowing traffic to others. Comcast, in an attempt to crack down on its heaviest users, slowed down connections from the BitTorrent program, used to share movies and other files.

In a statement, Comcast said this procedure was legal and asserted that it was denied the chance to argue this view, which it would have been afforded if the commission had proposed a formal rule that would be subject to the normal review and comment process:

This is terrific news for Comcast subscribers. Not only do their subscription dollars get to pay for the lawyers at Comcast, but their tax dollars get to defend the FCC and their decision. It seems like a win-win situation. For the lawyers.  :-)

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