Today's Hard|Forum Post
Today's Hard|Forum Post

Monday March 28, 2016

The Cable Industry Wants Netflix Investigated For Throttling

Whether or not you like the fact that Netflix throttles its streams to AT&T and Verizon customers, it isn't a violation of the FCC's net neutrality rules. Dear American Cable Association, quit wasting everyone's time.

The problem with that logic? Net neutrality rules were created specifically for broadband precisely because of limited competition in the sector. While a customer can stop using an "edge provider" like Netflix whose policies they don't agree with, that's often not an option when it comes to broadband providers. Were there more broadband competition, we wouldn't technically need net neutrality rules. Still, the ACA was undaunted in its demand for an investigation.