Saturday, 12 July 2008

In Passing

“Win” one (maybe), lose another

Could it be that the Federal Communications Commission will actually bring the hammer down on Comcast?

FCC chairman Kevin Martin told AP yesterday: “We found that Comcast’s actions in this instance violated our principles.” These require ISPs to provide open access to the network, “subject to reasonable network management”.

Martin has concluded that Comcast arbitrarily blocked filesharing apps, regardless of the amount of traffic they accounted for, and was not open with its customers about what it was doing.

Martin will circulate a recommendation on enforcement action, which the Commission will vote on next month. - The Register
Meanwhile, AT&T and AOL fall in line with Andrew Cuomo’s “child pr0n war:”
Bowing to continued pressure from the New York Attorney General, two more big-name American ISPs have shutdown access to dozens of Usenet newsgroups that contain child pornography - and many more that don’t. [emphasis mine - o.g.] - The Register


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