Ken Florance, the vice president of content delivery at Netflix, In a Netflix blog post has basically said Netflix has paid a protection fee to Comcast. Netflix did this to end the sudden and dramatic decline to the video service quality its customers started to receive if they were Comcast broadband subscribers. In the end this is something they state must end, in what they call “The Case Against ISP Tolls.” at their blog post on the official Netflix blog.
In a return corporate PR salvo Comcast Senior Vice President of Corporate and Digital Communications in Public Policy, Jennifer Khoury, responded on the Comcast official blog. In it she stated that Comcast equates Netflix’s argument to a “House of Cards”, a pun on the title of the popular Netflix original show. In point Comcast says “it was not Comcast that was creating viewability issues for Netflix customers, it was Netflix’s commercial transit decisions that created these issues.” Her post followed by saying, “No ISP in the country has been a stronger supporter of the Open Internet than Comcast.” Sadly it seems Comcast’s history of network traffic manipulation to show preferential treatment to its own services, in the case of internet phone providers, proves that statement false.
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