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FCC to Probe Comcast’s Web Traffic Practices

By Greg Published on .

The Federal Communications Commission will investigate how Comcast, the biggest U.S. cable company, manages Web traffic created by file sharing, the New York Times reports. Comcast has been the subject of complaints from subscribers who say the company interferes with files shared with peer-to-peer technology such as BitTorrent. Comcast says that technology, which accelerates the transfer of large files such as video clips, can hinder other traffic. If Web access companies like Comcast are permitted to slow P2P use, it could put them in a position to play Internet gatekeeper, the Journal says.
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