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FCC Lambasts Comcast For Blocking P2P Traffic, But Doesn’t Issue Fine

The FCC lambasted Comcast (NSDQ: CMCSA) for blocking traffic from some P2P users and evading its official position on the matter in a long awaited and 3-2 split ruling today. Prompted by a complaint filed by Free Press and Public Knowledge and complaints from Comcast subscribers who noticed problems using P2P applications such at BitTorrent, Comcast denied responsibility at first and then changed its story at least three more times as new details emerged.

3 Responses to “FCC Lambasts Comcast For Blocking P2P Traffic, But Doesn’t Issue Fine”

  1. My degree isn't in English but this seems like a valid use of the word "lambast" to me.

    Main Entry: lam·baste
    Variant(s): or lam·bast (ˌ)lam-ˈbāst, -ˈbast; ˈlam-ˌ
    Function: transitive verb
    Etymology: probably from lam + baste
    Date: 1620
    1 : to assault violently : beat, whip
    2 : to attack verbally : censure <critics lambasted his performance>

  2. I quote from dictionary.com: "to reprimand or berate harshly; censure; excoriate." The FCC reprimanded Comcast harshly, as far as I can tell. Indeed a fine would've been sent an even stronger message.