The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will investigate complaints that Comcast Corp. actively interferes with internet traffic as its subscribers try to share files online, FCC Chairman Kevin Martin said on Jan. 8.

A coalition of consumer groups and legal scholars asked the agency in November to stop Comcast from discriminating against certain types of data. Two groups also asked the FCC to fine the nation’s No. 2 internet provider $195,000 for every affected subscriber.

“Sure, we’re going to investigate and make sure that no consumer is going to be...

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