FCC Chairman Refutes Possibility of Wider Net Neutrality Protection

Posted by at 2:53 pm on April 1, 2014

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 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

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