[opendtv] Re: ISP Filtering

  • From: "Manfredi, Albert E" <albert.e.manfredi@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2012 17:35:52 -0600

Dan Grimes wrote:

> When Bert and I were discussing the case of Comcast filtering
> sources where Netflix data was originating from, Bert was okay
> with this while I had real problems with it.

That was because Comcast saw that Netflix had been creating a huge percentage 
of the load on the Comcast IP network, so Comcast wanted to be compensated 
accordingly. After all, Comcast was having to upgrade their network to 
accommodate this new traffic.

I have no problem with people getting paid for the services they actually 
provide. I have a big problem with services blocking content so they can 
promote their own content exclusively, or their own content cache, when we're 
talking about the Internet. It's fair enough to play those games in a walled 
garden service, but not on the Internet, IMO.

The Genachowski FCC is making a big deal about net neutrality, specifically 
because they worry that ISPs will start playing like MVPDs. I only disagree 
with the Genachowski FCC on this score because this hasn't happened yet. Their 
pre-emptive actions are uncalled for, so far.


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