Comcast hit with lawsuit over peer-to-peer hampering

— 10:50 AM on November 15, 2007

Just over three weeks ago, the Associated Press broke the news that Comcast was hampering peer-to-peer traffic, with protocols like BitTorrent, eDonkey, and Gnutella named as the primary casualties. Comcast later owned up to the throttling, but it said it was merely "delaying" (and not blocking) some traffic during "periods of heavy peer-to-peer congestion."

Comcast's explanation wasn't enough to satisfy one user in the San Francisco Bay area, because he's filed a class action lawsuit against Comcast over the issue, according to a new AP report. The lawsuit alleges Comcast is misleading customers with its claims of "mind-blowing" speeds and "unfettered access" to the Internet. Comcast and its subsidiaries "intentionally and severely impede the use of certain Internet applications by their customers, slowing such applications to a mere crawl or stopping them altogether."

The class action "seeks to end (Comcast's) practice and seeks recovery of fees paid by customers who paid for services they did not receive." Comcast has yet to issue an official comment on the matter.

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