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FCC Reprimands Comcast in Traffic Management Dispute

The FCC today voted 3-2 to reprimand Comcast for interfering with some of its subscribers’ BitTorrent uploads and failing to disclose the action. The ruling is a major development in the long-running debate over “Internet neutrality” and “network management.” CDT agrees with the ruling’s apparent premise that broadband providers should not target specific applications for inferior treatment…

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CDT Policy Post on Network Management

CDT issued a policy post today on the topic of network management. In addition to providing background on the status of the network management and Internet neutrality debate, the document recaps CDT’s earlier comments to the FCC. Those comments suggested some high-level principles to guide network management efforts, while cautioning the FCC to avoid formal regulation of network management…

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Comcast To Quit Controversial Congestion Management Practice

Comcast, in a joint statement with BitTorrent, today said that by the end of 2008 it will abandon the controversial practice of responding to network congestion by degrading BitTorrent and other selected peer-to-peer traffic, in favor of a “protocol agnostic” approach. CDT applauds the new announcement because it appears to call for exactly the kind…

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CDT Comments on Pending FCC Internet Neutrality Petitions

In comments filed today, CDT urged the Federal Communications Commission not to impose formal rules regulating the techniques broadband Internet providers use to manage traffic on their networks. CDT also warned, however, that actions by network operators to degrade particular online services or applications raise serious concerns for competition and innovation. CDT recommended that the Commission add…

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Plan for ICANN’s Future Urgently Needed

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the private, non-profit steward of the global domain name system, does not have a mechanism to protect itself against governmental interference, CDT warned in comments filed with the U.S. Department of Commerce. While ICANN has made major strides in improving the transparency of its procedures, there is urgent need…

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