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FCC chairman refutes possibility of wider net neutrality protections

updated 02:09 pm EDT, Tue April 1, 2014

Remarks in response to Netflix concerns of ISPs demanding payment for traffic

The FCC is apparently not going to examine Netflix CEO Reed Hastings' call for a wider net neutrality. Shutting down the discussion, an FCC spokesperson said that the matter was not up for consideration in the upcoming Open Internet proceeding. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler noted (incorrectly in the eyes of critics) that arrangements such as between Netflix and Comcast are "not a net-neutrality issue."

A FCC spokesperson was asked to provide more information on the chairman's brief statement. The National Journal was told that "peering and interconnection are not under consideration in the Open Internet proceeding, but we are monitoring the issues involved to see if any action is needed in any other context."

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings penned a harshly-worded post on the official Netflix blog in March, and blasted the state of US net neutrality, and in part, peering deals that the video streamer has struck with large ISPs.

Hastings says that deals are in place, with more coming, but the toll to ISPs is being paid "reluctantly" and only to "ensure a high quality member experience." In his post, he called for the FCC to consider stronger net neutrality protections.

by MacNN Staff



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