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[Neowin] Netflix CEO: Broadband caps are a money grab by ISPs

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Even as more and more Internet access providers put in data caps for their customers' broadband service, the head of the movie and TV show streaming service Netflix is trying to tell US lawmakers and Canadian regulators that such caps are merely money grabs by those ISPs. GigaOM reports that Netflix CEO Reed Hastings wrote a letter to US House of Representatives members Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and Henry Waxman (D-Calif) to explain his views.
post #2 of 76
He's exactly right. Same goes for cell phone providers. I'm usually not for regulations but when companies are shamelessly exploiting their own customers something has to be done.
post #3 of 76
Reed Hastings- Hamilton college alumni
man speaks the truth.

Corporations screwing over customers... what's new?
post #4 of 76
What he's saying is pretty obvious, but it'll be nice having such an influential business man in the consumer's corner.
 
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Only thing that angers me is the trade off. Want faster speeds? We'll give you a cap to help you regulate your usage. Want a higher cap? We'll cut your speed in half. $60 buys roughly 300kb/s where I live, that's barely enough for one PC. I have 6. Netflix stutters on standard definition, and anything on YouTube above 720p is impossible to stream. Next step up is Charter, with a cap of course. A cap I could easily saturate within a week Fight the good fight Netflix.
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Guess we need to support netflix and other such companies so we have big CEO's that are on our side (of course for their own personal benefit, but subsequently benefiting us... hah).
    
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Netflix truly is the best movie renting company! Cheap rates with no due dates on movies with unlimited streaming! And this , I love this company!
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The fact that caps are basically where they were 3 years ago by the companies that had them in place then and the fact that providers that previously had no caps are implementing them now is ridiculous.

The amount that a person can reasonably and legally consume is well above the 150 to 250gb limits that we are seeing. While 250 was plenty 3 years ago, it just isn't the same now...
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TBH, what he's saying is rather biased considering Netflix needs that bandwidth otherwise their buisness will start to drop.

However, he does speak the truth, and having other large companies lobbying for what the consumer wants, or at least on the same track as the consumer, is helpful.
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Good, Netflix fights for us, maybe I will start a Netflix account. You pat my back, I'll pat yours!
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