As announced during the the Consumer Electronics Show 2008 in Las Vegas, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will be probing US cable provider Comcast for allegedly restricting traffic to file-sharing services such as BitTorrent.
The bone of contention is net neutrality or equal treatment of all data regardless of its content, source or destination.
As expected, the company has denied the allegations and claimed that its bandwidth management technology might have slowed down the transfer of files. Moreover, it promised to cooperate with the regulator to straighten matters out.
“We believe our practices are in accordance with the FCC’s policy statement on the Internet, where the Commission clearly recognized that reasonable network management is necessary for the good of all customers,” said David Cohen, a Comcast executive vice president, in a news article.