FCC, the communications arm of Big Brother federal government, is taking aim and about to fire in the feud between Netflix and Verizon where Netflix is accusing Verizon of slowing internet speeds.
Verizon recently sent a Cease and Desist order to Netflix who had been publicly shaming the ISP via notices on its service, like the one below. Netflix has agreed to comply.
Major players in this battle (Google, Netflix and Yahoo) are hopeful that average consumers take up the fight in a ground floor effort to push for “real” neutrality on the net, opposing the idea that ISPs like Comcast and Verizon can legally charge services extra for faster speeds.
Netflix, meanwhile says that “Americans deserve to get the speed and quality of Internet access they pay for.” ISPs argue that faster speeds for higher paying customers is nothing more than the equivalent to a toll lane allowing higher paying commuters to speed past everyone else. The FCC is intervening, but their plan of action is apparently set on slow speed, too, since this controversy has been in the making for years.
from The Wire:
The FCC is continuing its aggressive course by wading into the fight between Netflix and internet service providers (ISPs) about what is causing slow internets. In recent weeks, Netflix has been (publicly) duking it out with Verizon through a campaign of direct shaming about the latter’s alleged poor streaming speeds.
Following the posting of disclaimers like the one above, Verizon demanded that Netflix stop doing that. The question is: Who is actually causing the slow internet speeds? Well, the FCC, which has maintained a robust agenda lately from debating net neutrality and contemplating making broadband a public utility, has had enough and is going to get to the bottom of it.
FCC Chair Tom Wheeler said yesterday:
The bottom line is that consumers need to understand what is occurring when the Internet service they’ve paid for does not adequately deliver the content they desire, especially content they’ve also paid for.”
Consumers are, in fact getting vocal about it. We want, not only our MTV, but also our movies to load and play without delay. There’s nothing like sitting down with freshly popped popcorn only to have to wait while the little icon spins for what feels like forever, while lobbing expletives at Netflix, when it may be Comcast or Verizon whose responsible.
Personally, I’m in the middle of Season 1 of House of Cards, and I can’t wait to see what happens to Russo. Will he fall off the wagon, or toe the line? Netflix must prevail, or I may never find out.
by T.M. Burroughs
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