Month: March 2008

Comcast’s About-Face on BitTorrent

Late last year, the Associated Press exposed Comcast for cutting off access to legal file-sharing programs like BitTorrent. Since then, in the face of incredible amounts of evidence to the contrary, Comcast has insisted that it “does not block any Web site, application or Web protocol including peer-to-peer services.”

However, today the Wall Street Journal reported that Comcast, the nation’s largest cable provider, and BitTorrent were announcing plans to collaborate to distribute large files over the cable company’s broadband network. (more…)

Momentum Builds for FCC Veto on Capitol Hill

The FCC Is in the Hot Seat

Last week, a bipartisan group of senators introduced a “resolution of disapproval” – a bill that would nullify the Federal Communications Commission’s decision to gut media ownership rules. The bill already has nearly 20 co-sponsors.

Yesterday, Reps. John Dingell (D-Mich.), Joe Barton (R-Texas), Bart Stupak (D-Mich.), and John Shimkus (R-Ill.) sent a letter to FCC Chairman Kevin Martin, stepping up their investigation of the agency’s ability to protect and manage the public’s airwaves.

Citing credible sources within the agency – including both current and former staff – the representatives suggest that there have been management and procedural problems at the FCC that have led to “waste, abuse, and fraud.” In the letter, the representatives call for whistleblowers to step forward and offer an anonymous contact form where allegations can be submitted.

Today, Rep. Jay Inslee (D-Wash.) and Rep. Dave Reichert (R-Wash.) introduced the House version of the “resolution of disapproval.” This companion to the Senate bill is a signal that both chambers of Congress are ready to step up to overturn the FCC’s big handout to Big Media. (more…)