Customer Relationship Management News NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
Home CRM Systems Customer Service Contact Centers Business Intelligence More Topics...
GET RECOGNIZED
Let an ISACA® certification elevate your career.
Register today and save
You are here: Home / Business Briefing / Netflix Wants Stronger Net Neutrality
Gartner's #1 for endpoint backup
Netflix Calls for Stronger Net Neutrality, Bashes ISPs
Netflix Calls for Stronger Net Neutrality, Bashes ISPs
By Seth Fitzgerald / CRM Daily Like this on Facebook Tweet this Link thison Linkedin Link this on Google Plus
PUBLISHED:
MARCH
21
2014



When Netflix struck a deal with Comcast to have a better connection, it insisted that the deal had nothing to do with net neutrality. Now, a month later, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has switched his stance and is doubling down on the importance of net neutrality by calling out Comcast, Verizon, and other Internet service providers (ISPs) who have allegedly slowed down data connections.

Net neutrality has been a major topic since January, when existing Open Internet laws were struck down as a result of Verizon’s win against the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). At that time, an appeals court sided with Verizon and overturned the FCC's net neutrality laws that had been in place to prevent ISPs from obstructing Internet traffic. Verizon had been engaged in a legal battle against the commission since it imposed its Open Internet rules in 2011, claiming that the rules overstepped the organization's boundaries.

Even though ISPs have promised to protect the Internet, Hastings says that since it agreed to pay Comcast, speeds to Netflix subscribers have improved, suggesting that Comcast previously infringed upon the basic principles of net neutrality.

The Bandwidth Issue

It appears that if an ISP were to limit the speeds to a Web site, it would be Netflix. A large portion, 30 percent to be exact, of the Internet’s bandwidth is now used up by Netflix subscribers. The more bandwidth that a data-intensive Web site uses, the more it costs ISPs, which is why a company like Comcast wants more money from the services that require a lot of data.

As it is harder to argue on the side of Netflix when considering the massive amount of bandwidth that its subscribers need, Hastings said that promoting net neutrality is necessary for smaller sites as well. “If this kind of leverage is effective against Netflix, which is pretty large, imagine the plight of smaller services today and in the future," he said.

One of the major issues with the argument that has been put forward by ISPs is that technically, Netflix subscribers are the ones who are using the bandwidth. The 30 percent figure is a reflection of how many people are using Netflix, but if a new service were to come along that streams videos, it could then use just as much bandwidth. This means that when speeds are limited, people who pay their ISPs every month are the ones who suffer.

Toll Roads (continued...)

1  |  2  |  Next Page >

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:

Like Us on FacebookFollow Us on Twitter
TOP STORIES NOW
MAY BE OF INTEREST
Protect 100% of your Data The prevalence of laptops and mobile devices in the enterprise makes corporate data increasingly vulnerable to loss and breach. And yet, workforce productivity is now inextricably linked to mobility. Click here to access the white paper "Top 10 Endpoint Backup Mistakes" to learn more about how to confidently protect data across platforms and devices while also providing features designed to enhance the end user experience.
MORE IN BUSINESS BRIEFING
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
Russian Gang with Stolen IDs Hacks Hosting Company
In August, a Russian cyber gang obtained what researchers called “the largest cache of stolen data." Now, those hackers may be putting their ill-gotten gains to criminal use.
 
Dairy Queen Latest Retailer To Report Hack
Known for its hot fries and soft-serve ice cream, Dairy Queen just made cyber history as the latest victim of a hack attack. The fast food chain said that customer data at some stores may be at risk.
 
Lessons from the JPMorgan Chase Cyberattack
JPMorgan Chase is investigating a likely cyberattack. The banking giant is cooperating with law enforcement, including the FBI, to understand what data hackers may have obtained.
 

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
AMD's New FX Series CPU Breaks Processing Speed Record
The new FX-8370 processor from Advanced Micro Devices has set a record for silicon processor speed, the company announced. Overclocked, the eight-core chip was measured at 8722.78 MHz.
 
Intel Intros Lightning-Fast PC Processors
Call it extreme. Intel just took the covers off its first-ever eight-core desktop processor, which is aimed at hardcore power users who expect more than the status quo from their computers.
 
HP Previews ProLiant Gen9 Data Center Servers
Because traditional data center and server architectures are “constraints” on businesses, HP is releasing new servers aimed at faster, simpler and more cost-effective delivery of computing services.
 

Mobile Technology Spotlight
Rumor Mill Puts Mobile Wallet in iPhone 6
Apple is moving toward the mobile wallet world with its next iPhone. The tech giant has partnered with retailers, banks and major payment networks to make it happen, according to Bloomberg.
 
Will iPhone Finally Catch Up with NFC Mobile Payment Ability?
Apple's latest version of the iPhone may have a mobile wallet to pay for purchases with a tap of the phone. The iPhone 6 reportedly is equipped with near-field communication (NFC) technology.
 
Visual Search To Shop: Gimmick or Game Changing?
Imagine using your phone to snap a photo of the cool pair of sunglasses your friend is wearing and instantly receiving a slew of information about the shades along with a link to order them.
 

Navigation
CRM Daily
Home/Top News | CRM Systems | Customer Service | Contact Centers | Business Intelligence | Sales & Marketing | Customer Data | CRM Press Releases
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.