Comcast Hit With Antitrust Action Over Modem Fees

Law360, New York (December 22, 2009, 1:17 PM EST) -- Consumers have filed a proposed antitrust class action accusing Comcast Corp. of orchestrating an illegal tying arrangement by forcing digital voice customers to pay an additional fee to rent a specialized modem.

The suit, filed Monday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut, alleges that the cable giant has violated the Sherman Act and state laws through the scheme, which blocks consumers from buying their own equipment — either from Comcast, manufacturers or retailers — to avoid rental fees.

Digital voice customers were...
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