Comcast Appeals FCC's Wrist Slap

from the you-can't-even-not-punish-us! dept

As was widely expected, Comcast has appealed the FCC's ruling concerning its traffic shaping practices -- even though that ruling was a total slap on the wrist that had no real punishment other than a verbal scolding. But, of course, for Comcast, it's a question of principle -- with the principle being that the FCC has no authority over it on this matter (except, of course, when it's politically convenient for Comcast to say otherwise).

While the ruling against Comcast was rather pointless and meaningless, this appeal could create a much more interesting lawsuit, helping to more clearly define the FCC's authority on these issues. Amusingly, despite the effective issues being identical to the question of the FCC's authority over consumer electronics in the broadcast flag debate from four years ago, expect various public interest groups to align on the opposite sides of where they did back during that fight. Apparently, FCC regulation is bad, except when it's in agreement with your opinion.

Filed Under: appeal, authority, fcc jurisdiction, net neutrality
Companies: comcast, fcc

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  1. identicon
    Manyguns, 5 Sep 2008 @ 7:39am

    RE: Yeah Right/seeing clearly

    Yeah Right:

    "...Now, while these people break the law..."

    That statement alone displays your ignorance in this matter. Using torrents is not the same as breaking the law, there are many legit and legal uses of torrents. As for the rest of your comment, refer to comment #8, spot on.

    seeing clearly:

    You really aren't seeing very clearly in this matter, the majority of people have 2 choices for high speed internet, each across a different medium. You can get DSL or Cable, not all locations provide both, but not all locations are limited to just those either. So really, it's not as simple as "GO SOMEWHERE ELSE for service."

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