Consumer groups and legal scholars filed a complaint with the FCC today asking the agency to fine Comcast for interfering with subscribers' file transfers. The case will be the first major indication of the FCC's actual stance on Net Neutrality. The petitions call on the FCC to fine Comcast $195,000 for every affect subscriber, the Associated Press reports.
Currently the nation's largest cable television provider, Comcast is also the second largest ISP, with 12.9 million internet subscriptions. An AP test in October found considerable evidence that Comcast delayed file sharing for subscribers using BitTorrent. FCC policy states that consumers are free to run whichever Internet applications they choose, but makes an exception for "reasonable network management" — which exception Comcast is surely eyeing.