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FCC Questions Comcast

The Federal Communications Commission is investigating concerns that Comcast’s new network management practices gives priority to its own digital voice services while degrading the quality of its competitors.

In a letter sent to Comcast on Sunday, the FCC asked why the company had failed to disclose "the distinct effects Comcast’s new network management technique has on Comcast’s VoIP offering versus those if its competitors."

Working Toward Activity Stream Standards
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In San Francisco last night, Six Apart (who recently launched data portability initiative Motion) hosted a roundtable to discuss the future of activity stream standards. In attendance were people from Google, Yahoo, MySpace, Facebook, Nokia, Plaxo, Comcast, and others.

Comcast Launches Faster Internet Service In Four New Markets

Comcast said today that it has launched its wideband Internet service in four more markets including Chicago, Atlanta, Baltimore and Ft. Wayne, Indiana.

Lynsey Silvesti, Senior Manager, Corporate Communications, Comcast, told WebProNews that the roll out brings the company to its goal of reaching 10 major markets this year.

Comcast Rolls Out Faster Internet Service
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Comcast said today that it will begin rolling out ultra fast Internet service in some of its larger markets and will offer faster connections to all of its subscribers over the next two years.

The company said it will introduce its wideband Docsis 3.0 in the Boston region, Southern New Hampshire, as well as areas of Philadelphia and New Jersey. Comcast said it plans to continue to introduce its wideband in more than 10 major markets in the next several months.

Comcast Unveils Online Management Plan

Comcast has released details to U.S. regulators about how it will manage traffic on its high speed Internet network.

"As we previously announced in March, we are changing the way we manage network congestion by the end of this year.  The new technique does not manage congestion based on the protocol or application a consumer uses," Comcast said in a statement. 

Blog World Expo Las Vegas

 

I wonder how many people reading this blog right now work for a company that:

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.

U.S. Getting Dominated in Internet Traffic

Last week, U.S. cable provider and ISP Comcast put a cap on monthly broadband use, and now there are reports surfacing that the U.S. in general is falling behind when it comes to Internet traffic. This is not a direct result of the Comcast situation, but with Comcast being the 2nd largest ISP in the country, it’s certainly not going to help.

Comcast Puts Cap On Monthly Broadband Use
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Comcast has announced it will restrict customer’s Internet usage starting October 1, in order to provide what it calls the best service to its subscribers.

Corn Farmers Against Google?

That anti-Net Neutrality op-ed you read by a respected author? How do you know he wrote it? That grassroots organization of plain folks you hadn’t ever heard of, all suddenly galvanized for a cause that, if not attained, has dire, dire consequences for everyone? How do you know it’s a real organization?

How do you know the organization, and the op-ed, weren’t created by LawMedia Group at the behest of some well-funded clients? If they did their jobs right, you don’t know.

Cerf Proposes Alternate Strategy To Comcast
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The broadband network management question has been at the center of the Network Neutrality debate for sometime, but recent scuffles between Comcast and the Federal Communications Commission have brought the issue more scrutiny. Vint Cerf, Google’s Chief Internet Evangelist, weighed in on that issue today, suggesting a new model for dealing with cable capacity issues.

FCC Declares Comcast’s Filtering Illegal
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It’s official, as far as the FCC is concerned, that Comcast’s throttling of peer-to-peer traffic was illegal and in violation of the FCC’s network neutrality principles. The highly expected ruling came down today, with Chairman Kevin Martin crossing the political aisle to join commissioners Copps and Adelstein, serving Comcast with a cease-and-desist order.

Wall Street Journal Stabs At Net Neutrality
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It’s interesting, but not surprising, FCC Chairman Kevin Martin is the target of a scathing editorial by the Wall Street Journal. He’s an easy and popular target these days from both sides of just about any issue involving the FCC. He stinks. Everybody knows it.

Comcast To Face FCC Ruling On Slowing Traffic

The Federal Communications Commission is set to announce this week that Comcast wrongly throttled the Internet traffic of some of its customers.

Comcast Set To Sign New York Child Porn Code
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Comcast said it plans to sign an agreement with New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo to block access to Web sites and bulletin boards that distribute child pornography.

Rock The Vote Teams With Comcast To Register Voters Online

Rock the Vote and Comcast have partnered on an initiative designed to persuade young Americans, ages 18-29 to register to vote.

The multimedia partnership will include co-branded public service announcements and an Internet campaign on Comcast’s networks including E!, Versus, The Golf Channel, TV One, Comcast SportsNet, PBS Kids and G4.

FCC Penalty For Comcast? Fuggedaboutit

That possible sanction for Comcast’s admitted use of traffic shaping software to interfere with customer broadband accounts when using peer to peer software apparently evaporated after further review.

Comcast Facing FCC Penalty Over P2P Practices
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By engaging in traffic shaping to slow down heavy users of its Internet service, Comcast may be on the brink of receiving a penalty from the Federal Communications Commission.

Cox, Comcast Caught Red-Dotted
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Only two countries in the world have ISPs actively blocking or interfering with BitTorrent transmissions: Singapore and the United States. Only one kind of ISP in both countries, though, is doing the blocking: cable.

An independent test conducted by Germany’s Max Planck Institute for Software Systems showed that Comcast and Cox are both currently interfering with BitTorrent despite recent public and regulatory outrage.

Comcast Not Attending FCC Hearing
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Pick a clever intro: Comcast won’t be tarred and feathered willingly; Comcast is taking its ball and going home; Comcast can’t stand the heat and won’t be going near the kitchen; Comcast won’t lie in the bed it’s made; Comcast will just hold its breath till it turns blue.

I like this one:

Comcast to FCC: Screw you guys; I’m going home.

Comcast To Slow Net For Heaviest Users
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Comcast CTO Tony Werner gets the last laugh on the most ardent BitTorrent users on his network, as the company plans to slow down all Internet traffic for them.