Comcast, which said interfering with file-sharing traffic is
necessary to keep all Internet traffic flowing efficiently, told the Associated
Press it is cooperating with the office of New York Attorney General Andrew
The subpoena came as the Federal Communications Commission held a public hearing in Massachusetts on Monday to discuss peer-to-peer traffic throttling done by Comcast and other Internet service providers. The FCC announced no actions as a result of the hearing.
Several consumer advocacy groups criticized Comcast for paying
people to fill seats in the room at Harvard
where the hearing was held.
"The sad thing about this is that literally hundreds of people who were not paid to stand in line, or paid by their employer to attend, were prevented from even entering the building," Craig Aaron of Free Press told Portfolio.com.
Comcast told Portfolio.com that its actions to fill seats at the hearing were prompted by the actions of groups like Free Press, which encouraged the public to attend.