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FCC Order on Comcast - a good job (corrected link)
From: David Farber <dave () farber net>
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2008 14:21:33 -0400



Begin forwarded message:

From: "David P. Reed" <dpreed () reed com>
Date: August 20, 2008 2:19:28 PM EDT
To: David Farber <dave () farber net>
Subject: FCC Order on Comcast - a good job (corrected link)

Dave - I just posted this on my blog, regarding the FCC opinion and
order about Comcast RST injection. Your readers might be interested. (the link to the FCC order was wrong when I first sent it to you)

-David P. Reed
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Permalink: http://www.reed.com/blog-dpr/?p=12

FCC Order on Comcast - a good job <http://www.reed.com/blog-dpr/?p=12>

The FCC today issued its formal opinion and order in regard to Comcast’s
degrading of P2P and other traffic using DPI and RST injection
<http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-08-183A1.doc>.
Of course, I’ve been very interested in this, especially since I was
asked by the Commission to testify as a witness at the en banc hearing
at Harvard Law School in February.

After reading the order this morning, I felt like commending the FCC -
so I filed a formal comment with the FCC, and I posted it on my site
<http://www.reed.com/blog-dpr/?page_id=10> as well. The decision is a
good decision for the Internet. In short here’s why:

The decision shows that the agency understands the importance of the
technological principles of the Internet’s design.

The Internet is a /world-wide system that does not belong to any one
operator/, whether providing access lines or backbone transport.

The design of the Internet Protocols specifies clear limits on what
operators can and cannot do to Internet Protocol datagrams when those
operators are acting as part of the Internet.

Not obeying those limits poses a serious risk to the continued success
of the world-wide Internet. Happily, the FCC recognized and exposed
Comcast’s transgressions of those limits.

Though Internet design is not a law, the Commission’s order respects the
importance of that design, and rejects Comcast’s misbehavior and
deception in applying technologies that go against the principles of
that design.







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