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.