FCC Chief Says Comcast Violated Internet Rules

**FILE** A sign bearing Comcast's name hangs in the lobby of its state headquarters in Sandy, Utah. in this Nov. 3, 2005 file photo. Comcast Corp., the nation's biggest cable TV systems operator, said Thursday, Oct. 25, 2007 that its third-quarter profit fell 54 percent and new customer additions slowed amid intensified competition from phone and satellite TV companies. (AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac, file)
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Washington (AP) The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission will recommend that the nation's largest cable company be punished for violating agency principles that guarantee customers open access to the internet.

The potentially precedent-setting move stems from a complaint against Comcast corporation that the company had blocked internet traffic among users of a certain type of software that allowed them to exchange large amounts of data.

Martin told the Associated Press that “the commission has adopted a set of principles that protects consumers' access to the internet.” He said the commission “found that Comcast's actions in this instance violated our principles.”

Martin said Comcast has “arbitrarily” blocked internet access to customers and failed to disclose that it was doing so.