Speaking of the Cablecos and their bandwidth, the FCC’s open forum on ISP traffic management is today in Harvard. Speakers will include representatives from Comcast and Verizon, U.S. Rep Ed Markey of the Internet Freedom Preservation Act, and Professor Timothy Wu, original coiner of the phrase “net neutrality”.
Comcast (CMCSA) is there to defend its practice of traffic shaping, recently admitted to being done on streams of p2p bittorrent traffic.
The meeting will also address Verizon’s decision last September to deny an abortion rights group access for a IM program on its network. Verizon (VZ) has since reversed its decision and said it was a mistake.
The forum is billed to be the first serious discussion by the FCC, industry leaders, and consumer rights advocates, on the issues and principles relating to the net neutrality debate. I’ll let you know if they draw any conclusions.