Following revelations that Comcast sometimes interferes
with its subscribers' P2P upload traffic, the Internet neutrality debate is currently focused on "network management" -- actions that ISPs take to "manage" traffic on their networks. ISPs say that to make their networks run well for all concerned, they need flexibility to employ network management tools as they see fit. Critics argue that ISPs shouldn't degrade P2P, or other selected traffic, in the name of network management, because having ISPs play favorites poses risks to competition and innovation.
On the heels of the Comcast news, the FCC was asked by a number of concerned parties to step in and decide the legitimacy of different kinds of network management practices. The FCC, in turn, asked the those interested in the issue to weigh in with their opinions by submitting formal comments to the agency. It also took the unusual step of holding an out-of-town hearing on the topic earlier this week in Boston. Meanwhile, Congressman Markey recently introduced
a new Internet neutrality bill.
CDT submitted its second round of comments
to the FCC yesterday, which respond to arguments made by others in the first comment round. CDT's its initial set of comments
were submitted February 13.
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