Netflix meets with FCC over net neutrality

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 consumers.

The company has recently signed interconnection deals with Verizon and Comcast to guarantee a smoother delivery of its videos.

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 delivery.

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 traffic.

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.