Comcast Blocks Internet Traffic

19 10 2007

Evidently not supporters of Net Neutrality, the AP is reportingthat Comcast’s

technology kicks in, though not consistently, when one BitTorrent user attempts to share a complete file with another user.

Each PC gets a message invisible to the user that looks like it comes from the other computer, telling it to stop communicating. But neither message originated from the other computer — it comes from Comcast. If it were a telephone conversation, it would be like the operator breaking into the conversation, telling each talker in the voice of the other: “Sorry, I have to hang up. Good bye.”

As a comcast subscriber, and a BitTorrent user, and a supporter of Net Neutrality, this news is very disturbing indeed.  This is also disturbing from the viewpoint of a consumer – I don’t pay (well, I guess I now do) comcast to limit my usage of the internet, to decide what I can and can’t do.

  ComcastWatch

The customers need to fight back.  Too often we let the companies we buy services from take advantage of us.

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2 responses

21 10 2007
bret

Are they not sending out fraudulent packets? identity theft?
if the reset packets are falsely identified as originating from another source, would it not be possible to sue comcast for using our identity for their own gain(less packets) ?
is that not fraud ? identity theft ? what are the laws about this ? if comcast doesn’t get punished does that mean other identity theft violators will have a weapon in court?

21 10 2007
Mitchell

those are good questions. I’m sure a lawyer is looking at this issue – i’ll try to stay on it and see if i can find anything out.

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