FCC Rules on Conflict of Interest at Comcast

Following up on my March 2007 article Conflict of Interest at Comcast, in excerpt:

Odds are those high-traffic users are downloading video. … This is directly in competition with Comcast’s other, main, business, providing video services. The amount of traffic they’re killing at (~250GB/mo) is probably just about what you need to replace a Comcast video service.

the FCC yesterday ruled:

Comcast had an “anticompetitive motive” because it delayed and blocked peer-to-peer files through applications such as BitTorrent. Such files often are high-quality video that might otherwise be watched and paid for on cable television.

and ordered Comcast to behave. As I noted earlier, this mirrors a previous decision about DSL companies monkeying with VOIP traffic.