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Re: FCC rules Comcast violated Internet access policy - NYTimes.com
From: David Farber <dave () farber net>
Date: Fri, 1 Aug 2008 13:19:12 -0700

From: Brett Glass [brett () lariat net]
Sent: Friday, August 01, 2008 3:48 PM
To: David Farber; ip
Subject: Re: [IP] FCC rules Comcast violated Internet access policy - NYTimes.com


The scary part of this is that the FCC did not just bypass its own
rulemaking process and take action that was against the law (as was
noted by Commissioner McDowell in his excellent and well supported
dissent; see


for the full text). It also made incorrect statements about the
ruling and about the proceeding in an attempt to justify its rash
action. For example, FCC Chairman Kevin Martin's public statement
regarding the ruling said, "The specific practice Comcast was
engaging in has been roundly criticized and not defended by a
single other broadband provider."

Did he somehow not hear my Stanford testimony -- which I delivered
while looking him in the eye after spending about $1,000 on a last
minute trip to the west coast?

At that meeting, I did defend and explain the reasons for Comcast's
network management practices and for P2P mitigation in general; see
my testimony at http://www.brettglass.com/FCC/remarks.html. I
furthermore defended it in my filings with the FCC at




And in the record, at the recent hearing in Philadelphia, AT&T
likewise said that it prohibits P2P traffic on its wireless
networks by contract.

We can only hope that the arbitrary, capricious, and illegal action
taken by the FCC today will be promptly overturned.

--Brett Glass

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