toggle

AAPL Stock: 132.54 ( + 1.15 )

Printed from http://www.macnn.com

Netflix formally objects to Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger

updated 11:31 am EDT, Tue August 26, 2014

256 page FCC filing lays out case for rejection of merger

Video streamer Netflix has formally objected to the Comcast and Time Warner Cable merger, with a complaint filed with the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) earlier this week. The streamer believes that the merger hampers consumer access to data, and "would set up an ecosystem that calls into question what we have to date taken for granted: that a consumer who pays for connectivity to the Internet will be able to get the content she requests."

The 256-page complaint summarizes all of the actions, and lack of actions, that the pair have taken against Netflix, calling them to task for each. Netflix claims that if the merger is allowed to take place, "the transaction will result in one provider passing more than half of the country's addressable broadband households."

Possible consequences of the merger, as seen by Netflix, are increasing of rivals' costs, discriminatory strategies undertaken by the giant, and unfair advantages in negotiations for content and other business deals. The complaint claims that Comcast and Time Warner Cable don't address FCC guidelines laid forth for previous major mergers, and as such, shouldn't be allowed to happen.

Netflix further points out that Comcast and Time Warner Cable have consistently failed to hold up to promises to expand in underserved areas, and this is unlikely to change after a merger. Additionally, the complaint addresses that the pair purports that 3Mbps is sufficient for classification as "broadband access," despite the FCC's proposal of a redefinition of broadband speeds to 10Mbps. The current definition of broadband, at 4Mbps, is still higher than the two providers' definition.




by MacNN Staff

toggle

Comments

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

Follow us on Facebook

toggle

Most Popular

Advertisement

Recent Reviews

Notti smart lamp from Witti

Perhaps you've already seen our review of the Dotti LED display from Witti Design. Meet Notti, Dotti's "sibling". Notti is a softb ...

Seagate Personal Cloud (2-Bay)

When it comes to backing up files, many users are now looking to the myriad of cloud storage solutions available. There is no doubt th ...

Leitz Icon Label Printer

When you say the words "label printer" to people, they either just really don't care, or they get incredibly excited. This is one o ...

toggle

Most Commented