Just a few weeks ago, Comcast announced a plan to offer up a P2P Bill of Rights
as a way to get federal regulators off its back. Of course, as we pointed out at the time, the company never really explained why
such a Bill of Rights was actually needed. Instead, it just seemed like something of a PR stunt to show the FCC that it was doing something
. Having received the necessary press coverage, Comcast has now abandoned the plan
, but says instead that it will join the Distributed Computing Industry Association, which is a newly formed group designed to create best practices around this area. This certainly makes a lot more sense than developing a separate and totally unnecessary "Bill of Rights" on its own, but the DCIA has its own problems. For example, the group says that it wants consumer interest groups to play a role in the group, but not until later
. If consumer rights are so important, why not include them from the beginning?