21
April
2008
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02:00 PM
America/Los_Angeles

Vuze Report: Cable And Telco ISPs Are Blocking Legal Internet Traffic

Vuze, a develper of peer-to-peer video distribution technology, today released a report suggesting widespread blocking of "legal Web traffic" by major phone and cable companies around the US.

The organization Free Press, has petitioned the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to ensure equal access for all types of Web traffic. The FCC has launched an investigation into the problem.

Marvin Ammori, general counsel of Free Press, said:"Vuze's report suggests what many have feared all along: In addition to Comcast, other phone and cable companies may be censoring legal Web traffic over their networks. Many industry practices remain unknown and are increasingly difficult to detect.

Consumers and innovators cannot be expected to police for abuse, nor should they have to accept interference until their network provider is exposed. Until the FCC makes it clear that it will not tolerate Internet blocking, phone and cable companies will continue to engage in this harmful practice."

Vuze has released a plugin for PC users that can collect data on how ISPs are blocking traffic. The report is based on data collected from 8,000 users and over 1 million hours of Internet use.

See the Vuze report: http://www.vuze.com/internet_future

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