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The FCC, Comcast, and Net Neutrality

The Feb. 25 hearings may not lead to broad regulation, but they did shine a light on broadband providers' "network management techniques"
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin Martin.
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin Martin. Reuters/Steve Marcus /Landov

As Comcast Executive Vice-President David Cohen began his remarks at a hearing held by the Federal Communications Commission at Harvard Law School on Feb. 25, he knew he was in for a rough day. "It's a pleasure to be here as a participant and hopefully not as the main course for your meal."

Those hopes were quickly dashed as Comcast (CMCSA) drew the ire of many participants during the six-hour proceedings. FCC Chairman Kevin Martin convened the hearing to explore allegations that Comcast is acting improperly by blocking certain kinds of Internet traffic.