Hitting the deadline with the precision that only a journalist could love, Comcast filed its paperwork with the FCC at about the latest hour imaginable Friday, disclosing both its previous/current “network management” techniques as well as its “protocol agnostic” techniques it would use going forward, all of this made necessary by the FCC’s punitive order against the cable provider earlier this summer.
Since we here at Sidecut Reports have already deemed the Comcast order details as just the starting point for the next phase of the network neutrality debate, we’ll leave it to others like Cynthia Brumfield at IP Democracy and Richard Bennett of Broadband Politics to pick the specifics apart right now in their own precise and worth-reading styles. What’s really most interesting to us at this late hour is how Comcast rep Jason Livingood is impressively fighting the flak in the comments section over at GigaOM, our alma mater.
Livingood is doing an excellent job of staying “on message” for the cable provider, not getting emotional. He’s also getting some backup from the aforementioned Bennett, who always seems amazed that folks generally understand sewer systems but can’t come to technical grips with networks. For what it’s worth, offering sane, balanced commentary on one of the better-read tech blogs seems to be a giant leap forward from Comcast’s earlier debate moves, like paying people to sleep in chairs at FCC meetings. It’s probably small beer to Harold, but it does count as progress. Kinda.