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Comcast Appeals FCC Network Management Order

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Comcast has filed a lawsuit against the Federal Communications Commission over its ruling that the company is mishandling some customers Internet traffic.

Comcast said in a filing Thursday with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, that it would comply with the FCC decision, but its was appealing the decision and the findings that the company was in violation.

"Although we are seeking review and reversal of the Commission’s network management order in federal court, we intend to comply fully with the requirements established in that order, which essentially codify the voluntary commitments that we have already announced, and to continue to act in accord with the Commission’s Internet Policy Statement," said David L.Cohen, executive vice president of Comcast Corporation in a statement.

The FCC said that Comcast’s network management practices were "discriminatory and arbitrary" and the company practices "significantly impeded Internet user’s ability to use applications and access content of their choice."

Last week Comcast said it was going to put caps on customer’s Internet usage beginning October 1. Users who go over the 250 GB limit twice in a six month period could have their service terminated for a year. The company says the new bandwidth cap will affect less than one percent of its 14 million subscribers.

The 250 GB limit equals 50 million emails or 125 million standard definition movies according to Comcast. It said its average customer uses two to three GB of bandwidth per month.

Cohen said that Comcast’s network management practices are reasonable. He said "We filed this appeal in order to protect our legal rights and to challenge the basis on which the Commission found that Comcast violated federal policy in the absence of pre-existing legally enforceable standards or rules."

 

Comcast Appeals FCC Network Management Order
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     This will end it for Xbox users, as I download demos that are a gig to 1.6 gig each time from Xbox live with my comcrap account, that is just crap tastic . 

    Not to mention the deal that Xbox Live just made with Net Flix that will end this, I wont be using that feature either I will not buy any high def  rentals on line. I had plans for this I liked the thought of getting my movies and watching them like this. So far I have purchased quite a few movies and games from Xbox live so far.

     

    I know this is planed to protect Comcrap and prevent customers from getting videos online. This is paid content not stolen content.

     

    Comcrap has damaged the P2P network that online players users use to play online games with each other, such as Gears of War, Battle Field – Bad Company,  Call Of Duty 4 and other great games as that.

     

    The player would find them selves disconnect for no reason at times with out explanation, the reason is Comcrap is closing the P2P connection and you have to re-establish it again. This means going back to thhe lobby and finding a new game to join.

     

    Mean time you just got "bad player reputation" as "quitting early" when you did not such thing.

    I use to laugh when our neighbor would call Comcast Comcrap, and yell at them in his front yard and tell them their service was craptastic, now we all use the term and it is spreading. We should have listened to him long ago that some thing was up. 

    He told us this was happening , and he told us how to look for it and we did not listen to him.