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[qi:014] I love the irony of the FCC and its complete and utter lack of rationality. It continues to show its Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde personality. The very same week it allows two satellite radio companies — Sirrus & XM — to merge, overlooking its […]

[qi:014] I love the irony of the FCC and its complete and utter lack of rationality. It continues to show its Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde personality. The very same week it allows two satellite radio companies — Sirrus & XM — to merge, overlooking its very own reservations, promoting monopoly in that business, it is telling Comcast to stop messing around with P2P traffic. There will be no fines for Comcast for blocking the traffic.

Now you know I don’t care much for Comcast’s traffic managing ways — having written about it time and again — but this just seeks like an opportunistic and populist-baiting move from an organization that has lately stopped putting people first and started bowing and kneeling to large corporations, instead. And why pick on just Comcast? Why not go after other players like Cox as well? Why doesn’t FCC intervene in the metered Internet issue – that isn’t good for consumers either. Does anyone else feel that FCC has started to display a bizzare streak that shames Roger Clemens?

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  1. John Handelaar Sunday, July 27, 2008

    “Promoting monopoly”, my ass.

    Apart from the 800lb gorilla which is terrestrial radio, consolidated as all-get-out as it is, the merged Sirius-XM has to compete with terrestrial digital, internet radio, and podcasting – and that’s just for ad money. The listening pool’s also being ever-more diluted by off-radio listening in cars.

    You’re an extremely smart person. Probably best not to give the opposite impression by writing about nonexistent radio monopolies without even thinking about it or — worse — parroting the NAB’s current lobbying cribnotes.

  2. vinnie mirchandani Sunday, July 27, 2008

    FCC is just “starting to” display a bizarre streak?

    I wrote a state of the US telecom post below …most has happened under the watch of the FCC the last few years

    http://dealarchitect.typepad.com/deal_architect/2008/06/us-telecom-industry-unfairly-maligned.html

  3. Richard Bennett Monday, July 28, 2008

    The most bizarre feature of the rumored Comcast decision is the demand that Comcast stop throttling P2P and to also tell the FCC how it’s been managing its network. First the hanging, then the trial.

  4. @Richard…. Are you surprised by this hanging-first approach? Most politically compromised-motivated decisions are like that. FCC has become increasingly useless in that sense.

  5. The FCC seems to be harder on cable than other industries like sat radio and the telecoms (where it has regulatory authority). I’m not seeing anything different here.

  6. FCC Rules Against a Baby Bell – GigaOM Monday, July 28, 2008

    [...] FCC Rules Against a Baby Bell — Not only did the FCC decide on Friday to berate Comcast for messing with P2P traffic, but apparently it showed no love to Qwest, either, denying [...]

  7. Comcast Earnings Prove Broadband Growth Slowing – GigaOM Wednesday, July 30, 2008

    [...] appears that messing with P2P traffic, the likely enforcement order from the FCC and worries over tiered broadband have done little to dissuade people from moving to cable [...]

  8. FCC Punts on Network Neutrality – GigaOM Friday, August 1, 2008

    [...] 1, 2008 at 9:01 AM PT Comments (0) As expected, the Federal Communications Commission voted to chastise Comcast for its network management practices, with two commissioners of the five dissenting. Unfortunately, the FCC has decided not to [...]

  9. Comcast Can Now Slow Bandwidth Hogs Across Its Network Monday, January 5, 2009

    [...] Higginbotham | Monday, January 5, 2009 | 12:36 PM PT | 0 comments Comcast, which got in trouble with the FCC for its P2P-throttling approach to network management, has now completed its plan that deals with [...]

  10. Cox Will Shape Its Broadband Traffic; Delay P2P & FTP Transfers Tuesday, January 27, 2009

    [...] views about all this network shaping are pretty clear, as outlined earlier when Comcast started to mess with P2P traffic. FCC ruled against Comcast and eventually it was proven that Comcast was messing with even legal [...]

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