Why Is Kevin Martin's Opinion On Net Neutrality Different When It's Comcast Than AT&T?

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FCC chair Kevin Martin is well-known as a good friend to telco companies — but that friendship has never extended to cable companies. That’s why it’s rather amusing to see him try to act tough against Comcast, suggesting last Friday that the FCC doesn’t look kindly on Comcast’s traffic shaping practices while just a year ago, he was telling AT&T that the FCC wouldn’t stop them from doing the same thing, if AT&T decided it was necessary “for business reasons.” Can anyone give a reasonable explanation (other than outright favoritism) for why Martin would hold cable companies to a different standard than telcos?

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Genny Pershing says:

A la carte

Because high on the Chairman’s agenda was A LA CARTE which cable refused to give him – and he has had a vendetta ever since. Next would be the question of where A LA CARTE came from? Was this a rel right issue of a community getting sick of paying for Sex in the Siddy when what they really wanted to watch was the 24 hr Tammy Fay Baker channel.

KnowTheDude says:

No surprises

Kevin has only 10 months to find a new job. He is universally hated by many (with the exception of Telcos). He is just trying to line up either a direct job with them, or a job with a firm (law firm) wanting a close relationship with AT&T.

He is the worst FCC head in decades, and deserves nothing but foodstamps when his time is up.

Anonymous Coward says:

I’m guessing a big factor is that Comcast wasn’t using traffic shaping. They were forging TCP packets, not telling anyone they were doing it and denying they were doing it when asked about it. It’s a little different than up front traffic shaping and is arguable illegal under several laws. They even tried lying to congress claiming this was common practice.

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