Comcast treats their customers like shit, and their Internet service clearly throttles certain kinds of traffic from certain companies. Could this have anything to do with the launch of their new Xfinity Online Streaming service, which doesn’t go against your data caps? Possibly. It’s actually quite likely, if you think about it. If you were an automaker who happened to own a highway, it might make sense to let your brand of car drive in the fast lane for free, while competitor’s cars were forced to sit in the toll booth line for hours. All analogies aside, that’s where I’m afraid we’re headed: having the Internet reduced to a crappy bundle of subscription cable channels where companies like Comcast dictate the content. Since I already send Comcast a $50 check every month for access to the Internet, one of humanity’s greatest technological achievements, I would like to decide what content I consume and have all traffic treated the same by Comcast’s network. As a consumer, I don’t really have a choice between competing companies here, so the FCC needs to step in and ensure that all Internet traffic is treated fairly by ISPs. If we’re not careful, dreaded cable company monopolies may someday extend into cyberspace. Now that is a frightening thought.
He makes a strong case that Comcast is throttling Netflix and it’s just as frustrating and wrong as he says it is.