Teh Internets Comcast Appeals FCC’s Net Neutrality Ruling, Notifies Customers of Gigabyte Cap
posted by September 15 at 16:16 PMon
Comcast recently appealed the FCC ruling against its peer-to-peer traffic practices:
Comcast, the second-largest broadband provider in the U.S., filed a court appeal of a U.S. Federal Communications Commission ruling last month saying the company couldn’t delay some peer-to-peer traffic on its network.
The FCC, on Aug. 1, voted 3-2 to prohibit Comcast from slowing BitTorrent P-to-P traffic in an effort to reduce network congestion. Commissioners voting against Comcast said the traffic throttling violated FCC net neutrality principles.
Comcast on Thursday asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to review the FCC decision, saying the commission had no hard rules against the company’s network management practices. The FCC’s net neutrality principles, adopted in 2005, set out general guidelines, but no specific prohibitions, Comcast said.
Comcast filed the appeal to protect its 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,” David Cohen, Comcast’s executive vice president, said in a statement. “We are compelled to appeal because we strongly believe that, in this particular case, the Commission’s action was legally inappropriate and its findings were not justified by the record.”
In addition, the telecom giant began notifying its Internet customers this week about a 250-Gigabyte data transfer limit, which will go into effect in October. Jonah first reported about it on Slog here.