02 May 2014
| Kavit Majithia
Netflix has voiced its concerns over net neutrality laws directly to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) following the regulator’s latest announcement to alter Open Internet rules.
Netflix has been one of the more
outspoken content companies to lobby against paying ISPs for
access to their networks for the delivery of video and data to
The company has recently
signed interconnection deals with Verizon and
Comcast to guarantee a smoother delivery of its
However, in numerous blog posts, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has
outlined his belief that all content on the internet should be
treated equally and Netflix should not be charged for improved
According to reports, Netflix representatives met with FCC
officials this week, as the regulators plan to change the rules
on net neutrality and set limits on how ISPs treat web
Details of the meetings are undisclosed, but the
FCC chairman Tom Wheeler said this week that he may propose
for some commercially reasonable deals to be struck that would
favour the ISPs for the delivery on content.
The FCC is scheduled to vote on May 15 to formally propose a
change to net neutrality rules.
Watch out for Capacity's cover story, "The end of net
neutrality?" in the April/May issue.