The issue of who controls the Internet–whether it remains as it is with open access or can be controlled by private telecommunications companies–moved to the fore again this week when a San Francisco subscriber to Comcast launched a suit against the company. The suit alleges that the largest cable company in the U.S. misleads customers and uses unfair business practices by interfering with file sharing programs.
Naturally, lawyers for the plaintiff are looking to form a class action suit (now that's one way to recoup those inflated broadband access charges). So get in early and often by contacting the representing law firm.
Already, a collection of consumer and legal organizations have asked the FCC to prevent Comcast from interfering with legitimate file sharing. One proposal is that the FCC should fine Comcast $195,000 for every subscriber whose Internet access has been restricted.
For its part, Comcast says it does not block programs on the Internet—it just delays some traffic. Right.
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