Thursday, February 28, 2008

The deceptive "unfettered" and "fastest" of Comcast

Washington, DC (February 19, 2008)—Gilbert Randolph LLP announced today that it has filed a class action lawsuit against Comcast of the District, LLC in the Superior Court for the District of Columbia on behalf of its client, Dr. Sanford Sidner, and all citizens of the District of Columbia who have subscribed to Comcast's high-speed Internet service during the past three years. The Complaint alleges that Comcast advertises and represents that it provides the "fastest Internet connection" and "unfettered access to all the content, services, and applications that the Internet has to offer."
These representations allegedly are false because Comcast intentionally blocks or otherwise impedes its customers' access to peer-to-peer file-sharing applications.

According to the Complaint, Comcast surreptitiously impersonates the computers of users attempting to share files and sends forged "reset packets" that instruct the transmitting computers to stop sending data. Thus, users of peer-to-peer applications are denied full access to the Internet despite paying for a service that Comcast promises is "unfettered" and the "fastest" available.

"Comcast promises that it does not block access to any online applications, including peer‑to‑peer services, but then it turns around and does exactly that," said Gilbert Randolph's August J. Matteis, Jr., attorney for the plaintiff. "Comcast deliberately hinders customers from getting the full benefits of the service they purchased, and it does so in an underhanded and deceptive manner."

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