When Netflix launched a public relations war to claim it was being fleeced by Comcast and other Internet service providers, the company didn’t have much recourse outside the court of public opinion.
But with yesterday’s Federal Communications Commission vote to regulate broadband providers as common carriers under Title II of the Communications Act, that’s about to change. Instead of just writing a check to obtain direct connections to the networks of retail broadband providers, Netflix can complain to the FCC that it’s being overcharged.
“For the first time the Commission can address issues that may arise in the exchange of traffic between mass-market broadband providers and other networks and services,” yesterday’s FCC announcement said. “Under the authority provided by the Order, the Commission can hear complaints and take appropriate enforcement action if it determines the interconnection activities of ISPs are not just and reasonable.”
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