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FCC's 'Findings' in Order Against Comcast's Network Management Practices

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At the Federal Communication Commission’s open meeting in August, Dana Shaffer, FCC Wireline Bureau chief, read aloud the following “findings” against Comcast. As is standard practice for the agency, no written document encapsulating these charges was publicly released. Shaffer said the written order would be released “soon.”

-Drew Clark, Editor, BroadbandCensus.com

The findings:

  1. 1. Comcast’s network management practices discriminate among applications and protocols. It uses deep packet inspection.
  2. 2. Comcast’s practices are not minimally intrusive, but are invasive, and have significant effect.
  3. 3. Comcast has blocked content and significantly interfered with person’s ability to access applications and content of their choice.
  4. 4. Comcast’s practices do not constitute reasonable network management practices.
  5. 5. The economic harms have been compounded by Comcast’s failure to disclose its practices.
  6. 6. Comcast’s practice contravenes federal internet policy, and limits consumers’ ability to access the lawful internet content of their choice.

Article Reference by this Article:

FCC Hammers Comcast For Deception and Unreasonable Internet Practices (BroadbandCensus.com, August 1)

Drew Clark is the Chairman of the Broadband Breakfast Club. He tracks the development of Gigabit Networks, broadband's impact, and the universal service fund @BroadbandCensus. He is also Of Counsel with the firm of Best Best & Krieger LLP. The articles and posts on BroadbandBreakfast.com and affiliated social media, including LinkedIN, are not legal advice or legal services, do not constitute the creation of an attorney-client privilege, and represent the views of their respective authors.

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