Russell Shaw has a short, sweet, and spot-on blog item about Comcast blocking their customers' attempts to access legitimate BitTorrent web content: Free markets can be fine, but only if everyone behaves. But sometimes companies don’t behave, and their competitors who you might wish to run to if you get too ticked won’t behave either. Sometimes there isn’t a competitor you can jump to. I’ll say it again. Government regulation- as in Net Neutrality- is the only surefire brake against tech monopolists doing whatever they want with your packets and your money. So maybe some of you should deprogram your brains from the teachings of big business apologist/wack job Ayn Rand and regulation-hating Ron Paul and wake up to the real threats to your digital freedom. That’d be, big companies who do whatever they want because they want to please their shareholders more than their customers. Link: Reality check: Comcast packet forging proves you can’t have Internet freedom with limited government | IP Telephony, VoIP, Broadband | ZDNet.com.
And Steven Wellman reports that in addition to blocking BitTorrent, Comcast is also blocking and impeding its customers' access to Vonage and other VoIP phone services that compete with Comcast's phone offering, as well as Lotus Notes, Gnutella, and FTP applications.
Meanwhile, Comcast claims it is only "shaping," "prioritizing," and "managing" its network traffic. So that Vonage call you're making to wish your Mom a happy birthday today? Maybe her phone will ring next week?