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Comcasts Spells Out Congestion Management Plans

Back in March, CDT welcomed Comcast’s announcement that it would move to a “protocol agnostic” technique for managing network congestion. No technical details were provided, but the announcement certainly seemed to imply that the new technique would steer clear of singling out particular protocols, services, or content for inferior treatment. In other words, it would avoid the kind behavior…

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It’s OneWebDay in D.C.

Today is the third annual “Earth Day for the Internet,” and there are events all over the country celebrating the Internet, and I hope that you attend one or find a way to help. I’ve just come from an event in D.C. discussing the policy challenges facing the Internet and the ways that the Internet has enhanced the…

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Quick Start to “Quiet” Month

August is traditionally a slow time in D.C., with Congress out of session and most policymakers looking to escape town for some vacation. But the early part of the month has already seen some significant developments for Internet policy. First, on August 1, the FCC voted 3-2 to adopt a controversial enforcement action against Comcast for interfering…

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My First IETF

Last week I had the privilege to attend the 72nd meeting of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), the Internet’s longest-established technical standardization body. CDT has long been engaged in the work of the IETF and other standards bodies, with an eye towards both increasing public interest input into standards processes and…

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FCC “Enforcement” Against Comcast?

There has been quite a bit of attention paid in the past week to statements by FCC Chairman Kevin Martin about possible FCC action against Comcast for interfering with some of its subscribers’ BitTorrent uploads. The idea appears to be that the agency could find Comcast’s actions inconsistent with principles set forth in the FCC’s 2005

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Nothing Wrong with Higher Charges for High Volume Users

There’s an appealing simplicity to “all-you-can-eat” service plans. But at the buffet, there’s a natural limit to how much any individual can consume. Just think what would happen if a few large-volume eaters with virtually limitless appetites started slurping up virtually all the food at the buffet as fast as the restaurant could put it out. The rest of…

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CDT to FCC: Tread Lightly on Network Management Issue

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….

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Markey’s New Internet Neutrality Bill

Rep. Ed Markey, (D-MA), Chairman of the House Telecommunications Subcommittee, introduced an Internet neutrality bill on Feb. 13th that would establish pro-neutrality principles as expressions of U.S. policy. It also calls on the FCC to do a detailed assessment of how current broadband providers’ practices are consistent or inconsistent with those principles. Unlike some…

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