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Guess we dont have to worry about ISP interfering with DOD

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The head of the Federal Communications Commission said Thursday he will recommend that the nation's largest cable company be punished for violating agency principles that guarantee customers open access to the Internet
The potentially precedent-setting move stems from a complaint against Comcast Corp. that the company had blocked Internet traffic among users of a certain type of "file sharing" software that allows them to exchange large amounts of data.

"The commission has adopted a set of principles that protects consumers access to the Internet," FCC Chairman Kevin Martin told The Associated Press late Thursday. "We found that Comcast's actions in this instance violated our principles."

Martin said Comcast has "arbitrarily" blocked Internet access, regardless of the level of traffic, and failed to disclose to consumers that it was doing so.
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I wouldn't go so far to believe that this will mean carte blanche for consumers being able to download stuff via their IP. Reading the story behind this, it doesn't sound like the FCC came down on Comcast because they were instituting caps, per se. But because they blocked traffic altogether, regardless of whether the user was doing heavy downloading or not. Meaning, if you're a heavy downloader, this decision doesn't cover you. It only basically says that Comcast can't block you from getting to/using one of these sites. It says nothing (from what I can tell) about downthrottling when someone is downloading a large file, nor does it say anything about download caps.

Also, the FCC appeared to be troubled by the fact that Comcast didn't disclose this to consumers. I believe if they had, then the FCC would probably have ruled differently. If consumers KNEW that they would be blocked from these sites as per the TOS, then I think that's a different story altogether.
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