FCC To Hold Comcast BitTorrent Hearing

FCC To Hold Comcast BitTorrent Hearing

Comcast has drawn a lot of attention to itself since it decided to throttle BitTorrent traffic, and most of it negative.  Customers complained to anyone who would listen, and one of those was the FCC and another may just be House Internet Subcommittee Chair, (D) Rep. Ed Markey:

“This time, the Federal Communications Commission will depart its headquarters just off the National Mall in Washington and head north to a courtroom on Harvard Law School's campus in Cambridge, Mass. (The FCC wouldn't comment on why the site was selected, but Boston is the home turf of Democratic Rep. Ed Markey, who chairs a House Internet subcommittee.)

The hearing, which will be open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis and be otherwise accessible via an "audio-only" Webcast on the FCC site. It's an outgrowth of the agency's recently launched inquiry into what constitutes "reasonable" network management practices by Internet service providers.”

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 Even though Bittorrent is mostly used for pirating software, there are other valuable uses for it as well. I honestly don't think limiting bittorrent traffic is the way to go. Heck, even blizzard has used bittorrent numerous times for their downloaders and video demos to conserve bandwidth. It has many very valuable uses...

Honestly, I don't think they have the right to do such a thing....But I have not read into internet based laws to find out. I'm just hoping this gets shot down and other ISP's who plan to take a similar route take notice. I don't mind them being against piracy at all, but if this goes through when is it gonna stop? I heard usenet would probably be next on their list, a service that has been running since the 1980's....I mean seriously...Software pirating will always find a way, why should we lose valuable applications/services due to decisions like this?

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finally, people will be able to get a linux distro without being throttled. that's the worst, when you are trying to download full dvd's or 700mb cd's of software, and you have to take days to grab it.

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