Uncommon Wisdom

Feb 26 2008   1:23PM GMT

FCC chairman advocates spelling out P2P policies

Tom Nolle Tom Nolle Profile: Tom Nolle

Comcast and its opponents faced off at an FCC hearing, but little of substance was brought into the open. The positions remain largely as filed in the various briefs; Comcast says that network management is essential for overall service quality and net neutralists say that any constraints will be the end of the Internet. Chairman Martin’s comment about the fact that such things should be done with open policies and transparency seem to us to be the signal that the FCC will mandate that these traffic management practices be spelled out in the user agreements. We do not expect any substantive policy announced favoring net neutrality despite the tone of some post-meeting commentary.

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