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The Federal Communications Commission will investigate complaints that Comcast actively interferes with Internet traffic as its subscribers try to share files online, the commission's chairman, Kevin J. Martin, said Tuesday.
The F.C.C.’s response will be an important test of its willingness to enforce “net neutrality,” the principle that Internet traffic be treated equally by carriers. The agency has a broadly stated policy supporting the concept, but its position has not been tested in a real-world case.
In fact, I've had that very problem with Cox just after they came out with their own internet phone. It starting acting very weird.
I don't like relying on an external drive -- which is equally likely as my laptop to be destroyed in the Bay Area's next earthquake / flood / fire -- but now I do.
joined:Dec 29, 2003
cost of doing business and everyone feels happy as it seems that someone is doing something
joined:Jan 3, 2003
but Comcast shut down my internet connection at home
Yes, they do that.
Comcast shuts down HTTP traffic on port 25 when they "think" it is too heavy. HTTPS, email and other protocols still work. This happens all the time, sometimes several times a day, sometimes a couple of times per week. Cable modem reset helps in that case.
Obviously, we don't do any file sharing, just normal business operations.