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New York subpoenas Comcast 'reasonable network management' records

Rescues 20,000 souls

Let it be said that the state of New York cares for oppressed minorities.

Word arrives from The AP that New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has come to the rescue of the state's Comcast subscribers, though they account for less than half of one per cent of all cable-connected New York broadbanders.

In the wake of the FCC's investigation into Comcast's long history of BitTorrent busting, Cuomo has subpoenaed traffic data from the big-name American ISP. According to a Comcast spokesperson, the company is "cooperating with the New York State Attorney General's office and will continue to do so".

Though Comcast originally denied busting BitTorrents, the company now half-admits the practice, calling it "reasonable network management".

Some argue that Comcast has every right to such network management. But the FCC may soon take action against the company. On Monday, at a public hearing in Cambridge, Massachusetts, FCC chair Kevin Martin indicated that the commission is mulling a fine or an official order that would bust the ISP's BitTorrent busting.

"While networks may have reasonable practices, they obviously cannot operate without taking some reasonable steps," Martin said. "But that does not mean they can arbitrarily block access to certain services." ®

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