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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 Screwballl on 11/16/2007 9:29:03 AM , Rating: 2
no the point I am making is that if Comcast has been up to shady practices then they may find a way to get back at these people by secretly checking internet usage history and if any P2P or filesharing was used on the accounts filed in this class action lawsuit, they may target some by turning information over to RIAA in exchange for some cash. RIAA is happy because they have a harpy singing for them and RIAA goes in it usual sue-happy ways.


RE: I can't wait...
By clovell on 11/16/2007 11:08:38 AM , Rating: 1
I sure hope that doesn't happen - I know it has in the past with other companies, and I wasn't too happy about it.


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