Remember that thing last year about Comcast throttling P2P traffic, especially torrent traffic?
Well, the FCC doesn’t seem too pleased about that:
The head of the Federal Communications Commission said Thursday that he would recommend that Comcast, the nation’s largest cable company, be punished for violating agency principles that guarantee customers open access to the Internet….
“The commission has adopted a set of principles that protects consumers access to the Internet,” the commission chairman, Kevin J. Martin, told The Associated Press late Thursday. “We found that Comcast’s actions in this instance violated our principles.”
Mr. Martin said Comcast had arbitrarily blocked Internet access, regardless of the level of traffic, and failed to disclose to consumers that it was doing so.
The FCC will vote on August 1st on whether to order Comcast to stop the practice and to give the FCC details details about the whats and hows of the program. There was no word on what other “penalty” might in included other than telling them to stop doing it, though.
It’s still nice to the FCC slap out any pretense of anti-net neutrality behavior by ISPs.