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Comcast settles P2P suit to tune of $16 per user

Mon, 07/12/2010 - 8:50am
Mike Robuck

Comcast subscribers who were impacted by the cable operator's throttling of peer-to-peer transfers stand to gain $16 each now that the class-action lawsuit has been finalized.

According to several media reports, Judge Legrome Davis of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania gave his final approval to the settlement on Thursday.

Under the terms of the settlement, Comcast didn't admit to any wrongdoing, while current and past Comcast data subscribers have until Aug. 29 to file a claim on the settlement site, although they're not guaranteed the full $16 amount.

The settlement spans April 1, 2006, to Dec. 31, 2008, for Comcast subscribers who used P2P sites such as Ares, BitTorrent, eDonkey, FastTrack or Gnutella and were unable to share files or thought their speeds were slower during periods of file sharing.

The original suit was filed in November 2007 by California resident Jon Hart. Under the terms of the settlement, Hart will receive $2,500.

Comcast denied blocking particular sites or applications but did say it delayed P2P traffic during peak times in order to better serve all of its data customers. The Federal Communications Commission issued an enforcement action last year that required Comcast to be more transparent with its network management policies, but earlier this year a U.S. Appeals Court in D.C. ruled that the Federal Communications Commission has no authority to impose restrictions on network management practices.

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