Ars Technica is reporting that a California resident has sued Comcast for their traffic shaping shenanigans and is seeking class action status. He’s accusing Comcast of “breach of contract, breach of implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, and violating the California Consumer Legal Remedies Act.”
John Hart describes himself as a Comcast customer who has seen performance hits when using “Blocked Applications” targeted by Comcast’s traffic management application, Sandvine. In his complaint, Hart says that Comcast severely limits “the speed of certain internet applications such as peer-to-peer file sharing and lotus notes [sic].” Comcast accomplishes this by “transmitting unauthorized hidden messages” to the PCs of those using the applications.
Ars also says that Hart is upset about Comcast’s advertising, and that he claims he was not adequately informed of their traffic shaping policies when he signed up for high speed internet.
Comcast hit with class-action lawsuit over traffic blocking [Ars Technica]