Today the FCC voted three to two to reclassify broadband Internet access as a common carrier service under Title II of the Communications Act, and forbear from the parts of the Act that aren’t necessary for net neutrality rules. This reclassification gives the FCC the authority to enact (and enforce) narrow, clear rules which will help keep the Internet the open platform it is today.
Three out of five FCC Commissioners voted for “Net Neutrality”. Historic moment, but there are still a long way to go.
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings may really hate the peering deal he signed with Comcast, but that didn’t stop him from entering a similar partnership with another ISP: Verizon and Netflix have also agreed on a paid peering relationship.
News of that pact was first broken Monday afternoon on by BTIG Research’s Walter Piecyk, who tweeted Monday afternoon that Verizon CEO Lowell C. McAdam had confirmed the commercial relationship between the two companies.
As a customer of both Netflix and Verizon I should welcome this. As a technologist, I am not so sure if this is a good thing in the long run for consumers in general.
There are more dominoes to fall following Netflix deal with Comcast and Verizon. It would affect more companies other than Netflix and ultimately consumers.