TPW 37: The Comcast Kerfuffle 2: The Chairman Strikes Back

by on August 7, 2008 · 14 comments

On this week’s show, we discuss the implications of the FCC’s controversial recent ruling against Comcast in the BitTorrent controversy. This is a topic we have covered previously on our podcast in episodes 34 and 35, and have been writing extensively about on the Tech Liberation Front blog over the last few days. In its decision last Friday, the FCC held that Comcast had engaged in unreasonable network management practices when it delayed access to BitTorrent traffic. Even though BitTorrent Inc. and Comcast have already settled their dispute and indeed are now working collaboratively together on solutions to these issues, FCC Chairman Kevin Martin said that legal action was necessary because others had complained about the practice.

On today’s show we focus on the implications of the FCC’s decision and what it means for the future of net neutrality regulation and communications policy more generally. Joining us for this week’s show are TLF regular contributors Jerry Brito of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, Hance Haney of the Discovery Institute, Tim Lee of the Cato Institute, Jim Harper of the Cato Institute, James Gattuso of the Heritage Foundation, and Adam Thierer of the Progress & Freedom Foundation who moderates the discussion.

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