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Subject: Re: The courts get one right Date: 4/7/2010 5:06 PM
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If they are now trying to tie "net neutrality" in with prohibiting throttling on bandwidth hogs, that is stupid and I oppose that

Nobody is proposing that.


MacNugget is exactly correct in everything he has posted.

The case in question has nothing to do with punitive actions against individual abusers and everything to do with punitive actions against entire communications protocols.

What Comcast was doing with regards to Bittorrent was not punishing individuals who consumed in excess, possibly to the detriment of other customers, but punishing all customers regardless of how much data they used. Let's say you have a 250GB monthly bandwidth cap and you want to use Bittorrent. Even if you only use 25GB a month in total, you still wouldn't be able to seed Bittorrent files because Comcast was secretly blocking these connections from being established. When I say secret, I mean that they made no indications to customers that they were managing Bittorrent traffic. Furthermore, they explicitly denied that they were performing any traffic management until they were confronted with incontrovertible evidence.

Comcast furthermore failed to consider the ramifications of its actions because the traffic shaping protocols it put into place had documented, collateral damage on at least Lotus Notes and World of Warcraft.

This is not scrupulous behavior and the objective of Net Neutrality principles is to prevent it. Net Neutrality principles say nothing about an individual's service contract with his ISP, they only demand that ISPs be data agnostic. Your ISP should not snoop on your actions and actively determine what you can/cannot access depending on how it fits in with their business model or the ownership's personal beliefs or the weather or anything else.

All data is fundamentally the same. Treat it as such.

Dan
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