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Comcast ruling victory in short term, raises questions for future


From the paper today:

By Cecilia Kang and Frank Ahrens

At first glance, Tuesday's federal court ruling on Comcast looked like a clean win for the cable giant and for competitors including Time Warner and AT&T. The court, after all, ruled that Comcast could regulate high-speed Internet traffic over its own system and that a company that wanted to push its content through Comcast's pipelines could not.

But the ruling might be only be the beginning of a long campaign between Internet service providers and companies such as Skype, Google and Microsoft. The outcome is far from certain.

At issue is the wonky-sounding phrase "net neutrality." In 2008, the Federal Communications Commission told Comcast and other big high-speed Internet companies that they must treat content that flows through their pipelines equally, whether it's digitally lightweight e-mail or hefty movie files, by pushing it all through at the same speed.

Comcast complained that certain kinds of Internet traffic are so heavy that they slow down the entire system. Essentially, Comcast wanted to be able to enforce speed limits on its information highway, moving the big, traffic-clogging Internet traffic into a slower lane. Comcast sued the FCC, and Tuesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit sided with Comcast.

Read here for the full story.

By Cecilia Kang  |  April 8, 2010; 7:00 AM ET
Categories:  Broadband , Comcast , FCC  
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Again, falsehoods and slanted reporting from Cecilia Kang, Google's reporter at the post. Kang writes, "The court, after all, ruled that Comcast could regulate high-speed Internet traffic over its own system and that a company that wanted to push its content through Comcast's pipelines could not." This is completely untrue. In fact, the proposed FCC rules specifically exempted Google -- Kang's advertiser -- from any regulation at all. This despite the fact that Google has the third largest Internet backbone in the world -- larger than those of nearly all ISPs. This is why Google paid (and is paying) millions of dollars to lobby for them.

Ms. Kang, likewise, is obviously motivated by the Googlebucks she receives in every paycheck to lobby for Google every day in the paper.

Posted by: LBrettGlass | April 8, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Brett, the hateful racist disgusting stalking game you play on this forum is just so tired. It's abusive, and just plain wrong. What is wrong with you? Have you no soul?

But I guess it makes sense in light of all the allegations going around about you and your stalking behavior and other legal run ins concerning children and people who disagree with you.

Get some help, please. And WaPo, do what so many other websites and email lists have done, and BAN HIM FOR LIFE already.

Posted by: AmyBandini | April 8, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Ah. Post a critique of Ms. Kang's journalism or point out her ethical breaches, and immediately she (or a confederate; it's hard to tell which due to the pseudonym) accuses the poster of everything from racism to child molestation to halitosis. Obviously, these criticisms must hit home, or the response would not be so vehement.

Posted by: LBrettGlass | April 10, 2010 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Brett, you have no problem sliming and lying about other people, but get testy when the very real alleged allegations against you are raised.

Folks, beware of this very allegedly psychotic man, especially if you are one of his customers, and have a web cam.

Posted by: AmyBandini | April 12, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

See? The poster above has just proven my point. Post a legitimate critique of a provably false and biased article, and be slandered by "AmyBandini" (who appears to be either Ms. Kang herself or a confederate). It's sad to see that the state of discourse in DC has descended to this level.

Posted by: LBrettGlass | April 13, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

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