Netflix CEO Reed Hastings gave Comcast a quick jab on his Facebook page yesterday, accusing the company of possibly violating net neutrality principles. Citing Comcast's uniquely preferential treatment of video...
its the companies service, not the customers. Their lines, their rules. If i owned lines I too would do what was in the best interest of me and not everyone else. Businesses are not a charity house for to make EVERYONE happy. They pick and choose WHO to make happy based on thier bottom line. You can cry if you want, but in the end you have to realize no one ever said life was fair.
<b>What</b> net neutrality "laws"?? There's no such thing, and their aren't likely to be as long as Comcast and the other big players keep pumping 100's of millions annually into lobbying and other anti-neutrality efforts.
I'm so tired of the old "it's their business so they can do what they want with it" line. They operate like a public utility. They have public utility mostly-hidden subsidies. They have a publicly (so they claim) legislated monopoly in their operating areas, if it still works that way. If they set all the rules too, without even a decent bribe to congress, it's just 100% gouge 100% of the time. Call it what it is and stop lying about it. Legislated monopolies are not "free enterprise," if there ever really was such a thing. They never have been, never will be.
The service under discussion is: Streamed video programs. The treatment of companies providing streams is: unequal. Does any of the ComCast streaming depend on streaming through the public Internet? If so, there's nothing fair or even-handed about it. If they want to keep accepting congressional "favors" then a public that is paying a large part of the tab has a right to be angry.
Write to your congress member and include a check for several million $$, and maybe some office flunky will take you seriously if it doesn't bounce.
If ComCast streams are cable-only with no links through the Internet, and if people can go to ISP competitors if ComCast's selective video stream gouging angers them, well... customers walking away might change the corporate policy. (Or not. They'll have gone elsewhere, so what do they care?)
Just stop pretending principles of free enterprise have anything to do with ComCast.
It is a monopoly. Why then can't I have a choice between different ISP's in my area and only limited to one? They know this and will charge and set their rules knowing you can't go elsewhere. So Netflix you are losing customers just because potential customers will exceed their band-width limit.