Netflix Calls for Stronger Net Neutrality Rules

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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