CNET News Daily Podcast: Comcast vs. FCC vs. itself

The FCC says that Comcast violated Net neutrality when it throttled BitTorrent traffic. But does the FCC have the authority to rule on this?

Erica Ogg Former Staff writer, CNET News
Erica Ogg is a CNET News reporter who covers Apple, HP, Dell, and other PC makers, as well as the consumer electronics industry. She's also one of the hosts of CNET News' Daily Podcast. In her non-work life, she's a history geek, a loyal Dodgers fan, and a mac-and-cheese connoisseur.
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Federal regulators voted 3-2 on Friday to declare that Comcast's throttling of BitTorrent traffic last year was illegal. It's the first time any U.S. broadband provider has ever been found to violate Net neutrality rules. But it's not an open-and-shut case. Though Comcast has since stopped the practice, it's unclear whether the FCC actually has the authority to rule on this kind of issue. CNET News' Declan McCullagh stops by to explain the implications.

Also on Friday's podcast: Yahoo shareholders finally get their say; a California judge says early-termination fees for wireless plans are illegal; and the Department of Homeland Security says it can confiscate any laptops taken across U.S. borders.

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Today's stories:

FCC: Comcast illegally squeezed BitTorrent

Yahoo face-to-face with shareholders

Homeland security: We can seize laptops for an indefinite period

Why Facebook left Scrabulous alone

YouTuber charged over threats to poison baby food

California judge rules Sprint's early termination fees illegal

Hands on with LG's Netflix Blu-ray player