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Old 04-06-2010, 07:42 PM   #1
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Standard Oil of the 21st Century

(Or How Comcast Saved Valuable Intellectual Property!)

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A DC Circuit Court decision against the FCC today is the "shot heard 'round the world" in the battle over net neutrality. Comcast emerges victorious in challenging the authority of the FCC to impose sanctions for discriminating against peer-to-peer network traffic in an attempt to limit bandwidth consumption and manage its network.
TL;DR: Comcast, an American conglomerate of internet service, cable TV, and phone service, may now exercise discretion on what their customers may access on the Internets. The case in-question concerns a violation of FCC regulations by Comcast throttling BitTorrent traffic speeds. With this ruling, all ISPs in the US may essentially self-regulate their own networks with limited government oversight. As per Comcast's case, they may now effectively cripple the BitTorrent protocol on its network. Seeing as other ISPs as AT&T have also censored or throttled users accessing "undesirable content", this could well extend beyond "network management" to, as much as I hate to say it, Bradburian censorship. Thoughts?
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