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Cable Vendors Could Face Lawsuits for P2P Blocking


Cable Vendors Could Face Lawsuits for P2P Blocking

WE'VE SEEN well informed speculation by industry insiders that Comcast is not the only cable broadband provider engaged in blocking Peer-to-Peer (P2P) uploads as a "network management" tactic to hold down its bandwidth costs and so increase profits.
If so, they might also end up facing possible future class-action lawsuits by customers or an organisation acting in the public interest, which was mentioned as a likely development at a Cnet bog yesterday.

Fred von Lohmann, an Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) attorney, said " based on [our] own testing, as well as what has been reported, it seems clear that Comcast's techniques are bad for its customers and bad for innovation generally." ... While the EFF is still studying the matter for now, von Lohmann said it has "already been contacted by attorneys who are considering legal action against Comcast."

Wednesday, October 24, 2007
The Inquirer
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