Netflix Calls for Stronger Net Neutrality Rules

March 21, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

After saying less than a month ago that its deal to pay Comcast for direct access to its customers had little to do with net neutrality rules, entertainment streaming service Netflix has changed its tune and has come out swinging against America's top service providers.

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said in a blog post on Thursday that once it agreed to pay Comcast its subscribers no longer had any problems with service speeds.

This, he says, is proof that the original definition of net neutrality does not fit. Hastings went on to say that the definition of net neutrality needed to change to encompass those activities that occur further away from the final customer.

"Without strong net neutrality," he said, companies like Comcast "can make these demands — driving up costs and prices for everyone else."

David L. Cohen, a Comcast executive vice president, said in a statement that Mr. Hastings is wrong.

"The Open Internet rules never were designed to deal with peering and Internet interconnection," Mr. Cohen said. "Providers like Netflix have always paid for their interconnection," he said, adding that he believes Comcast has shown a strong commitment to net neutrality.

Hastings' very public comments just happen to be published a day before the deadline for public comment on the Open Internet Order put forth by the FCC. The agency plans to tweak the rules so that they will be harder to be challenged in the courts.

Source: New York Times


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Re: Netflix Calls for Stronger Net Neutrality Rules

So Cohen says that Hastings is wrong, but Cohen says "The Open Internet rules never were designed to deal with peering and Internet interconnection."  That's exactly what Hastings is saying. The only difference is, Hastings is saying that that's a problem that needs to be corrected...  ;)

Re: Netflix Calls for Stronger Net Neutrality Rules

I have Comcast and would always have issues streaming Netflix, especially if I was watching more than 2 episodes in a series.  I would see the stream degrade or just keep cutting out and buffering like clockwork.  But the DAY they announced they were paying Comcast, it changed like it never had a problem.  If this isn't evidence of Comcast basically "extorting" companies for new aged "protection money", I don't know what is.  

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Re: Netflix Calls for Stronger Net Neutrality Rules

Mine wasn't as instant as your own. I was pulling all of 235Kbps COMBINED (Audio and Video) from Netflix during primetime and on weekends. A few days after the announcement, however, I was seeing streaming of 3,000kbps combined.

The problem is that when Comcast gets even bigger by swallowing up Time Warner Cable (I have no delusions that they will not get approval from the joke that is the DOJ and FCC), they'll effectively control nearly 50% of the install-base of the United States.

I'm saying that if you think it is bad now... just wait.

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