The Federal Communications Commission has ruled against Comcast’s BitTorrent blocking. The Commission’ Memorandum Opinion and Order does not include a direct punishment, but stipulates that Comcast will have to disclose details about its current network management practices and stop these practices by the end of the year, as well as to further disclose details about any future network management. FCC head Kevin Martin has been hinting at such a ruling since early July, and his two Democratic co-commissioners said last weekend that they would support a ruling against Comcast. Read more details about the ruling itself over at GigaOM.

The big question is: What happens next? Comcast had already promised to switch to a protocol-agnostic way of network management by the end of the year, but it could still appeal the ruling. Spokesperson Sena Fitzmaurice said in a prepared statement that the company is weighing all its legal options, adding: “We…believe that the Commission’s order raises significant due process concerns and a variety of substantive legal questions.” It’s also not clear if the ruling will really deter others from engaging in similar behavior, which is why some still hope for new FCC rules. Others think the ruling didn’t go far enough and now hope for the courts to act. Either way, the Net Neutrality fight is poised to continue. (Not unlike this article.)

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