In a victory for advocates of "net neutrality," a divided Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has ruled that Comcast Corp. violated federal policy when it blocked internet traffic for some subscribers and has ordered the cable giant to change the way it manages its network.


In a precedent-setting move on Aug. 1, the FCC by a 3-2 vote enforced a policy that guarantees customers open access to the internet.


The commission did not assess a fine, but it ordered Comcast to stop cutting off transfers of large data files among customers who use a special type of file-sharing software.


Comcast says its practices are

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