Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Comcast Defends Throttling Music/Video Downloads

Comcast entered the FCC debate yesterday to defend their practice of "metering" or "throttling" broadband traffic. WaPo:

Comcast compared its practices to a traffic-ramp control light that regulates the entry of additional vehicles onto a freeway during rush hour. "One would not claim that the car is 'blocked' or 'prevented from entering the freeway; rather it is briefly delayed," the company's statement said.

Marvin Ammori, the general counsel for Free Press, said Comcast's behavior is the second major example of an service provider overstepping its authority in an attempt to quash competition. In March 2005, the FCC fined Madison River Communications for blocking calls by competitor Vonage, which provided free calls over the Internet.

Ammori said that by interfering with video transfers, Comcast is trying to protect its television and On Demand video services.

BitTorrent said Comcast should respond by increasing bandwidth on its networks and upgrading its systems rather than limiting how customers use its service.

"It's like putting a Band-Aid on the problem to achieve a short-term fix," said Ashwin Navin, co-founder and president of San Francisco-based BitTorrent.

Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass) plans to introduce legislation today through the telecommunications and internet subcommittee preventing "unreasonable interfering" by providers in network traffice and application preference. Markey's bill would be the first bill in 2008 to address the Net Neutrality issue.

More on Net Neutrality here.

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