Comcast BitTorrent Meddling Draws The Attention Of Congress

Comcast’s meddling with BitTorrent has prompted a member of congress to say something nice about file sharing. Aww!

“Comcast has made a major mistake in attempting to hinder peer-to-peer file sharing as an aspect of its network management,” Rick Boucher, D-Va told CNet’s Chris Soghoian. “The inability of customers to (share files) significantly diminishes their ability to utilize the Internet for one of its most important applications, which is user-to-user content.”

He also noted that “file sharing is already being used for a wide variety of perfectly lawful and appropriate applications.”

That’s nice, but will Comcast’s shady dealings with BitTorrent prompt congress to address net neutrality? Reply hazy. Try again.

Congressman to Comcast: Stop interfering with BitTorrent [CNet]

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  1. vaxman says:

    How much internet do you think you don’t get to see even exists because N. American internet providers all collectively block it? Net Neutrality doesn’t and never will exist… sucks for us, but thats what you get for not spending millions on copper and fibre lines, thousands on routers…

  2. shan6 says:

    We do have it better than some other places though. For example I have a friend in Oman/Dubai and can’t get to most of the websites I visit daily (not porn).

  3. vaxman says:

    oh don’t get me wrong, i aint saying we got it bad… just that we’re at the mercy of the money…

  4. That’s nice, but will Comcast’s shady dealings with BitTorrent prompt congress to address net neutrality? Reply hazy. Try again.

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  5. mconfoy says:

    @shan6: Better than Oman? wow

  6. ExVee says:

    It just goes to prove one thing: Even the government hates Comcast more than mostly-illegal filesharing. Illuminating, no?

  7. rhombopteryx says:

    @ExVee:
    Next step – find Comcast’s mother and see if even she hates Comcast.

  8. BrianH says:

    Right now, Comcast is the cat that just got caught with the parakeet in its mouth. Whoever was responsible for the packet spoofing / impersonating strategy is probably walking around the Comcast headquarters with an “Oh s***” look on his face. With a pink slip taped to his back (maybe someone also scribbled “kick me” on it).

    I love the fact that nowadays when you eff with the consumer, it’s like poking a stick in a hornets’ nest.