FCC To Comcast: Stop Blocking Peer-To-Peer Content
The cable and Internet service provider may have interfered with up to 75% of shared-file traffic in certain areas, the Federal Communications Commission found.
By K.C. Jones
August 21, 2008 01:08 PM
The Federal Communications Commission has ordered Comcast (NSDQ: CMCSA
) to stop blocking peer-to-peer
traffic by year's end, change its network management
practices, and comply with several other requirements or face the possibility of an immediate injunction.
The FCC published a letter, statements from commissioners, and a press release on its Web site Wednesday, saying that Comcast's network management practices contravene federal policies that protect "the vibrant and open nature of the Internet." It also set forth a list of requirements the company must meet within 30 days.