WASHINGTON, D.C.-- During an ACA Summit session here Wednesday, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler downplayed the Commission's recent decision to prohibit broadcasters from coordinating on retransmission-consent deals, calling the move to level the negotiating sessions between broadcasters and pay TV distributors "self evident."
Telecom industry associations said the European Union will restrict innovation and consumer choice if it approves net neutrality in a vote on Thursday.
AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph de la Vega waded into the fraught debate over whether Netflix should be forced to pay to interconnect its video traffic to subscribers. Speaking at the Rutberg Global Summit, de la Vega said that video is driving exponential traffic growth. "We have to provide additional capacity," he said. "The only question is who pays for that addition?"
Cogent Communications CEO Dave Schaeffer has extended an olive branch of sorts to broadband service providers at loggerheads with the backbone provider over traffic costs.
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings' blog post supporting stronger net neutrality and chiding broadband ISPs brought forth a response from AT&T's Jim Cicconi, senior vice president of external and legislative affairs for AT&T, who called Hastings "arrogant" for suggesting "everyone else should pay but Netflix."
In what could be a new twist on the old net neutrality conundrum--or perhaps positioning for better government treatment of its proposed Time Warner Cable acquisition--Comcast is reportedly in talks to give Apple TV set-top boxes special treatment on its broadband networks.
While taking the time to compliment Cablevision for its "strong net neutrality" stance, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings took to task other "big ISPs" that he claims constrain the over-the-top signal and create a degraded viewing experience for Netflix subscribers.
The latest draft of the European Union's proposed legislation on the telecoms single market moved a step closer to realising its goals this week, after the European Parliament's Industry Committee backed plans that include bringing an end to roaming charges and the introduction of net neutrality rules.
Verizon Communications and AT&T may be the next major telecommunications and broadband providers to strike interconnection agreements with Netflix similar to the one the streaming video service recently inked with Comcast. The deal with Comcast has sparked worries that net neutrality may be undermined as a result because Netflix will pay Comcast for faster and more reliable access to Comcast's customers.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said the commission will write a new set of network-neutrality rules aimed at preventing broadband providers such as Comcast and Verizon from throttling traffic from Netflix and other online video providers.