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14 responses to “Did the FCC Just Ban Phone As Modem Restrictions?”

  1. Chad Nelso

    Great article Chris, I know I have hassled you in the past about articles you have written but this one is great, now that doesnt mean I won’t harass you in the future. But I just wanted to say thanks for a very informative article!

  2. Jim

    I would suggest reading the FCC documents again. IANAL, but it appears that the decision was based on the fact that Comcast was selectively interfering with peer-to-peer traffic only, and claiming that is was doing so for “Network Management.” I don’t see anything in releases that would restrict wireless carriers from having different access “tiers” as they currently do. In particular, read Chairman Martin’s statement, especially the last two pages.

  3. Jaz

    That is very true. I don’t know what the difference would be of me

  4. SaltyDawg

    Well this is not over yet… Comcast is already challenging the FCC’s ruling in court.

    Hopefully Net Nuetrality will win out, but it’s a long ways from being over, and Comcast has deep pockets.

    BTW- a huge concern with Comcast blocking P2P traffic was they were blocking Directv’s Video On Demand service (which uses a P2P similar to bit torrents). The thinking was they were only blocking bit torrents because they wanted to hinder Directv’s service, thus forcing people to choose their own cable service.

    I don’t know if the FCC addressed that in their ruling or not (haven’t read their ruling) but I do know that was one of the major complaints that forced the FCC to even take action. Comcast has deep pockets, but so does Directv…

  5. Christopher Piggott

    I just got a Sprint PAM plan and it is indeed $15… BUT…they forced me to go to a Vision Pack PRO which is $40/month (as opposed to the SprintTV pack which was I think $20). So ultimately the PAM is costing me $35 more per month, and to make things even crappier for me I lost most of the TV channels I watch on Sprint TV. The thing that kills me is that they told me I needed Sprint Vision Pro Pack because it had unlimited data, but my TV pack also said unlimited data. They gave me unlimited Sprint Navigation but I really don’t care about that, I have my own GPS and it’s far better.

    So, all in all, they’re still screwing you every chance they get.

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