Comcast Filtering BitTorrent, Gnutella… and Lotus Notes?! (And They Profit From Wiretaps Too!)

It broke earlier this week that a reporter from the Associated Press had confirmed what we all knew, that Comcast has been blocking people from seeding torrent files. How do they do it? By illegally impersonating your computer to reset the connection, that's how. It's the same method used in China to block websites the government doesn't want you to see.

It gets worse, though. Further testing shows that Comcast is also blocking Gnutella traffic as well as interrupting connections to Lotus Notes. What? How does an e-mail groupware package constitute a threat to the network? The consequences of this have been felt far and wide as telecommuters have become unable to send large attachments, World of Warcraft players can't get necessary software patches and Linux junkies everywhere have to resort to slower methods of getting their ISO files.

Meanwhile, they continue to be Really Evil™  by charging upwards of $1,000 for government wiretaps. Is it any wonder that some folks are so upset that Comcast complain sites (like are popping up all over the place?

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