Internet Vice Squad

Uh-oh. In the wake of hand-wringing over Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK)'s much-publicized policies with P2P applications, it appears that network neutrality advocates are calling for all hands on deck.

Is it a bird? A plane? No, it's a "squad" -- the Network Neutrality Squad, to be exact. Apparently, "gang" didn't have the proper ring.

A "project" of the People For Internet Responsibility, it's being billed as an "open-membership, open source effort, enlisting the Internet's users [their emphasis] to help keep the Internet's operations fair and unhindered from unreasonable restrictions."

Along with mailing list info, the Squad, which has support from several Internet and tech heavyweights, including Vint Cerf and Paul Saffo, also operates a moderated forum for discussion and "incident reporting."

Those ISP-related incidents can include "disruptive manipulation" or outright blocking of apps, protocols, transmissions, or even bandwidth... So they're not leaving much out of the picture.

In addition to reporting, it also will look into incident detection and analysis. Enforcement? We'll have to see how they approach that one.

— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Cable Digital News

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