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Comcast's recent practices of throttling P2P traffic has finally attracted a class action lawsuit from a frustrated customer

Comcast's bandwidth limitting and peer-to-peer traffic sabatoging traffic finally caught up with the company. A class-action lawsuit has been filed (PDF) by residents in the state of California against Comcast.

Jon Hart, the plaintiff, claims Comcast Corporation committed a breach of contract by violating Covenant of Good Faith and Fair Dealing, the Business and Professions Code section 17200 and 17500 and the Consumer Legal Remedies Act by practicing the management of P2P-based traffic including throttling bandwidth and "transmitting unauthorized hidden messages to the computers of customers who utilize such applications."

The class-action includes "all persons in California who purchased the Service [Comcast broadband Internet] between November 13, 2003 and the present and used or attempted to use peer-to-peer or online file sharing applications and/or Lotus Notes."

The plaintiff represents all persons who have used P2P and file sharing applications, but there is no mention of exceptions where copyright infringement/piracy is involved.

Hart's submission seeks contract damages for compensation of the impeded service, but does not specify an amount.

Recently, many other ISPs such as Canadian-based Bell Sympatico confessed to using traffic management to restrict access to accounts based on the type of application or protocols they are using.  However, Comcast is still the first company to get hit with a lawsuit for such practices.

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RE: I can't wait...
By fleshconsumed on 11/15/2007 4:27:13 PM , Rating: 2
It's all about credibility. A jury will be much more sympathetic towards comcast if they learn the guy sho sued was breaking the law.

RE: I can't wait...
By splint on 11/15/2007 8:07:02 PM , Rating: 3
Generally people seem to overlook that Comcast is a common carrier. This means they are not allowed to discriminate traffic. QOS creates a gray area which ISP’s use to throttle traffic, but that’s it. However, if Comcast were to inspect packets to discriminate based on content then they would lose common carrier status and thus be royally f*****. At that point they would be responsible for the dissemination of all copywriter content on their network.

So, in short, it is most definitely not in Comcast’s best interest to examine if P2P traffic is illegal or not.

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