FCC Hearing Focuses on Comcast Internet Blocking

by admin February 26, 2008 at 9:34 am

BitTorrent throttling by Comcast is on the table as the Federal Communications Commission opened a public hearing on the Internet at Harvard in Cambridge, Mass. Chairman Kevin Martin focused on the FCC’s Internet policy principles and warned that the FCC would step in if needed. The FCC wants to define reasonable practices.

The Federal Communications Commission convened at Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Mass., Monday for a public hearing on allegations that Comcast improperly throttled the peer-to-peer application BitTorrent.

In opening remarks the commissioners also signaled they would look at a broader range of alleged wrongdoing, including a case where Verizon blocked a pro-choice group’s text message. Two Democratic commissioners called for additional policies protecting network neutrality.

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