Comcast Blocking Lotus Notes

By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 22, 2007 11:03 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Cable and Internet service giant Comcast is disrupting more than just BitTorrent traffic, reports Ars Technica. Tests by the Electronic Frontier Foundation show that Comcast customers using a growing list of apps may find their Net access slowed or denied. A Lotus Notes engineer, for example, discovered Notes emails sent with large attachments being dropped.

The drops include messages like, "Remote system no longer responding;" experts say Comcast is doing all of this without customer knowledge. Comcast says it's just trying to balance traffic for everyone, but refuses to describe how. Lobby group Public Knowledge sees the news as another reason for Congress to step in and enforce content neutrality. "We have a problem," says its president, "and it's time to act on it."