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Apr 21 2010   12:28PM GMT

Comcast isn’t alone in P2P-throttling court cases

Tom Nolle Tom Nolle Profile: Tom Nolle

Another ISP may be heading for conflict on P2P throttling. RCN had a civil case against it with a settlement pending prior to the DC Court of Appeals decision overturning an FCC order on Comcast P2P management. There is growing opposition among RCN customers to the settlement, which would appear to allow RCN to reinstate throttling at some point in the near future.

This will be a very interesting case to watch because it may be a test over just how much public angst is caused by another “violation of net neutrality,” even though it’s not clear there’s any official neutrality policy to violate. It may be that the RCN case will determine how far the FCC and Congress will go to create an enforceable policy.

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