Netflix CEO’s Comcast comments get FCC’s attention

Shalini Ramachandran for the Wall Street Journal:

Netflix Inc. Chief Executive Reed Hastings’ complaints about Comcast Corp.’s Web traffic policies appear to have drawn attention from the Federal Communications Commission, which says it is monitoring the situation.

Hastings accused Comcast of violating the spirit of net neutrality by exempting its users from bandwidth cap limits when using Comcast’s own Xfinity app for Xbox 360. Hastings says that Comcast should either apply caps equally, regardless of where the traffic is going, or should not apply caps at all.

The FCC’s current policies allow for service providers like Comcast to treat traffic on their networks differently than traffic originating outside their networks. So it’s unclear what FCC oversight of Comcast’s Xfinity app may ultimately prove to change.

  • quietstorms

    From the FCC’s remarks a few months ago, when Google and Verizon conspired to rewrite net neutrality over cellular networks, was that broadband fell under the traditional guidelines of net neutrality.

    I may be a Cablevision subscriber but this is truly depressing. 

  • lucascott

    I rather have to agree with Netflix that ISPs should cap based on  total usage and nothing more or less. Same for throttling. That they are excluding their own apps (to encourage folks to use them) just feels wrong.