Comcast Nailed with P2P Traffic Shaping and Throttling Class Action
November 15, 2007 2:36 PM
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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: Let's hope.
11/15/2007 7:14:19 PM
I was downloading legitimate music from Microsoft Zune over Comcast and all of the sudden my song downloads slowed to a crawl. And this happened at 2am during a weekday, so I know it wasn’t the Zune servers being oversaturated. This really pissed me off so I called Comcast to complain and of course the idiot tech on the phone denied any kind of throttling. I felt like I was complaining to a brick wall so I'm glad someone is starting a class action lawsuit in hopes to get result. Maybe I'll jump in on it...
RE: Let's hope.
11/16/2007 10:55:40 AM
2 am on a weekday for such a site would be a great time for server maintenance - take a couple offline at a time...
RE: Let's hope.
11/16/2007 11:19:45 AM
I am not sure, but zune downloads wouldnt be thru torrents, again not sure of it. So it seems highly improbable that this had anything to do with torrent throttling.
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