FCC: Netflix's throttling of its video stream is none of our business

FCC: Netflix's throttling of its video stream is none of our business
The FCC announced today that video streamer Netflix did not violate any law by throttling its video stream to AT&T and Verizon customers. As a result, the agency has decided that it does not need to investigate. FCC president Tom Wheeler said that Netflix's actions were outside the net neutrality rules established last year, because the FCC is not regulating websites. He also said that the issue is not one that the FCC would have the authority to investigate.

Last week, Netflix admitted that it throttles its video stream to Verizon and AT&T customers in order to prevent them from going over their monthly data cap. This saves them from having to pay overage fees. Consider that 2 hours of HD streaming from Netflix uses up 6GB of data. That would cost you $80 a month at Verizon.

While Netflix says that it had been doing this for five years, its customers were not told about it. That has led the executive director of Consumer Action, Ken McEldowney, to note that Netflix shows a lack of transparency with its subscribers. On the other hand, McEldowney points out that Netflix will also start allowing them to decide between high picture quality/heavy data usage or low picture quality/low data usage. In May, an update will be coming to Netflix that will give subscribers the option to pick between the two settings. As T-Mobile has pointed out with its Binge On feature, giving subscribers the option to disable the throttling means that the customer is in control.

source: Reuters

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9 Comments

1. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3944; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

To that guy that thought they did, in your face I was right.

2. RobMerrill92

Posts: 7; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

Only idiots would have thought this would have had something to do with violating Net Neutrality. The government can't fix everything!

3. tedkord

Posts: 17133; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

He knew that, he just wanted to throw shade at net neutrality. Bought and paid for shill.

8. vincelongman

Posts: 5628; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Its sad because it just makes net neutrality supporters look bad Net Neutrality laws are to to stop internet service providers and governments from controlling/influencing the internet/accessing websites It's not to prevent the internet/websites from doing what they want

7. vincelongman

Posts: 5628; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

The FCC is independent of the government But yea, Net Neutrality only applies to internet service providers and governments So what Netflix was doing was fine Net Neutrality is to do with preventing internet service providers and governments from controlling/influencing the internet/accessing websites It's not to prevent the internet/websites from doing what they want

4. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Of course not. It's their OWN product. Now i will say netflix was trying do it's customers a favor by trying to protect them, What went wrong was not giving them the option which they very quickly reacted and updated the app

6. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

now try to turn of that throttle for one full month and watch their customers screaming over overages, lol

9. Tondern

Posts: 164; Member since: Feb 23, 2015

Currently watching Daredevil unthrottled in a country far away from you!

10. xtremesv

Posts: 299; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

You must feel a sense of fulfillment, good for you!

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