Today the Federal Communications Commission said Comcast’s management of its broadband Internet networks “contravenes federal policies that protect the vibrant and open nature of the Internet.” From the press release:
The Commission concluded that Comcast has unduly interfered with Internet users’ right to access the lawful Internet content and to use the applications of their choice. Specifically, the Commission found that Comcast had deployed equipment throughout its network to monitor the content of its customers’ Internet connections and selectively block specific types of connections known as peer-to-peer connections.
“The American Library Association (ALA) has long supported the principle of network neutrality,” said Timothy Vollmer, IT Policy Analyst for ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP). In comments to the FCC (PDF) filed in June 2007, ALA backed “common sense action by the Commission that preserves open, nondiscriminatory access to the Internet for both creators and providers of content.” OITP also released a policy brief, A Library Perspective on Network Neutrality (PDF) in December 2006.