Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Customer Sues Comcast

Sanford Sidner is one pissed off Comcast customer. He's so mad in fact that he has filled a lawsuit in the Superior Court for the District of Columbia. The lawsuit accuses Comcast of false advertising over its claim that its Internet service allows "unfettered access to all the content, services, and applications that the Internet has to offer."

This is the second such lawsuit that Comcast has been hit with in a matter of months. In November 2007 a Comcast customer in California filled a similar suit. PC Magazine covered that lawsuit in the article "Comcast Sued for Blocking P2P Sites". In that suit Jon Hart claimed that "Comcast was sending hidden messages to computers that are running file sharing applications, [which] appear to the computer as coming from the other computers with which it is sharing files, telling it to stop communicating,".

Comcast has been defending its filtering practice for years now. However recently the FCC stepped in to determine what, exactly, constitutes reasonable network management by ISPs.

The fight between customers and their ISP's over Net Neutrality looks to be a heated one. Recently AT&T, TW, Verizon sided with Comcast against the recent Net Neutrality regulation.

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