Washington, D.C. Future of Music Coalition recognizes the importance of today?s FCC decision ordering Comcast to stop interfering with legal internet traffic, disclose to the FCC its network management practices and to alert consumers about any changes to its methods.
?Chairman Kevin Martin and Commissioners Michael Copps and Jonathan Adelstein deserve enormous credit for recognizing that a legitimate digital music marketplace cannot emerge unless there are consistent and transparent rules that allow a level playing field for innovators, consumers and creators,? said FMC Policy Director Michael Bracy. ?The ability to use legal applications is crucial to an internet that fosters innovation, commerce and creativity.? read more
FCC Says Comcast Illegally Interfered With Web File-Sharing Traffic
A majority of the Federal Communications Commission has concluded that cable operator Comcast unlawfully disrupted the transfer of certain digital video files, affirming the government’s right to regulate how Internet companies manage Web traffic. Cecilia Kang, The Washington Postread more
It’s been almost two months since Comcast’s regulation of BitTorrent traffic was first revealed by the Associated Press, inciting an Internet-wide call to arms for proponents of network neutrality. In case you haven’t been following the story, it was revealed that Comcast was “actively interfering” with traffic on its network, using a technique known as packet-forging to disrupt traffic relating to BitTorrent applications — including the Gnutella peer-to-peer sharing client and IBM’s Lotus Notes groupware application (used by businesses for sharing calendars, emails and other files).