Broadband Carriers Blow Off Net Neutrality Meeting

By: WebProNews Staff - April 18, 2008

Unlike a previous open FCC hearing where Comcast helped fill seats in the audience, neither they nor anyone else from the big broadband carriers showed up for the second hearing.

Though the carriers avoided the immediate bad PR that attending the California meeting probably held for them, Comcast and its ilk, like Time Warner and AT&T, now get to see the fallout from declining to attend a net neutrality meeting at Stanford.

Comcast in particular received criticism, thanks to its practice of hindering peer to peer traffic. Their practice of constantly forcing packets to reset, cited as network management by Comcast, brought about a new debate on net neutrality.

Its advocates were up to the challenge. Stanford law professor Lawrence Lessig, a staunch advocate of net neutrality, wondered why the FCC still hadn’t received a clear explanation of the traffic shaping practices by Comcast, as IP Democracy noted:

Lessig got a round of applause for likewise criticizing Comcast’s honesty. “The most outrageous thing about this story is that you can’t get the facts straight,” he said. “If you’re going to get this problem solved, the least you can do is get the story straight…It

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  • Derrick Love

    Why do you feel the FCC needs to set rules? Rules on the internet? Ridiculous!

  • Webconomist

    Perhaps the broadband carriers would do well to look at how over 100 years ago, electricity providers determined standards and regulations on the infrastructure for delivering electricity?

    By setting standards around A/C current, they let anyone put anything on the wires as long as it met a certain voltage requirement. It sparked a revolution that made many people wealthy, including the electricity companies!

    Net Neutrality therefore, is vital to innovation. The broadband carriers should stick to doing what they do best; providing network access. I don’t see electricity companies looking for royalties on electric irons, TV sets, computers, electric heating, water heaters, microwaves…and on and on…