This article was published on September 12, 2016

Netflix offers zero chill in statement to FCC regarding ‘unnecessary’ data caps

Netflix offers zero chill in statement to FCC regarding ‘unnecessary’ data caps
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Broadband caps are a thorn in the side for internet power users and cord cutters everywhere. Netflix wants them to disappear — for good.

In a comment to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Netflix called data caps “an unnecessary constraint on advanced telecommunications capability.” The company also takes issue with so-called zero-rating, a scheme providers use to offer free content that doesn’t count against the data cap, but only from some services. Dozens of internet companies wrote a letter to the FCC earlier this year in an attempt to start a discussion about zero-rating and the effect it has on the health of net neutrality.

Netflix stands to benefit a great deal from decisions like Comcast’s to up its previous data cap from 300GB to 1TB, a move CEO Reed Hastings applauded.

While obviously thrilled with the decision, it’s but one of many internet providers — most of whom still have fairly-limiting caps. As pleased as Hastings is with the decision to increase the cap, he’d be altogether thrilled if Comcast (and others) would drop it entirely.

via Gizmodo

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