An AP article reports that Kevin Martin, head of the Federal Communications Commission, will recommend that Comcast be punished for violating agency principles that guarantee customers open access to the Internet.
Martin will circulate an order recommending enforcement action against the company on Friday among his fellow commissioners, who will vote on the measure at an open meeting on Aug. 1.
From the article:
The action was in response to a complaint filed by Free Press,
a nonprofit group that advocates for “network neutrality,” the
idea that all Internet content should be treated equally.
Martin’s order would require Comcast to stop its practice of
blocking; provide details to the commission on the extent and
manner in which the practice was been used; and to disclose to
consumers details on future plans for managing its network
The FCC approved a policy statement in September 2005 that
outlined a set of principles means to ensure that broadband
networks are “widely deployed, open, affordable and accessible
to all consumers.”
The principles, however, are “subject to reasonable network
Comcast argues that the agency’s policy statement is not
enforceable and that the commission has “never before provided
any guidance on what it means by ‘reasonable network