Netflix rallies users to pre-empt ISPs charging for carriage

Count me in as a Netflix supporter!

I love Netflix.

The service not only works well, it is by far the best value for money of any media outlet and way better value than satellite and cable with their BS bundled channels of holy rollers and shopping shills (if it wasn't for Showtime and HBO I'd dump DirecTV in a heartbeat ... and if I could get the content from those channels on Netflix I'd happily pay $100 per month -- can you hear me, Reed Hastings?).

Well, Netflix - not surprisingly - just posted great earnings and on the back of that threw down the gauntlet to the ISPs which, given the recent ruling by the D.C. Circuit Court that threw out the FCC's "Open Internet" rules, will, most likely, result in them trying to coerce Netflix into paying steep tariffs to get Netflix content to their consumer base. From Netflix' Q4 2013 report:

In principle, a domestic ISP now can legally impede the video streams that members request from Netflix, degrading the experience we jointly provide. The motivation could be to get Netflix to pay fees to stop this degradation. Were this draconian scenario to unfold with some ISP, we would vigorously protest and encourage our members to demand the open Internet they are paying their ISP to deliver.

If AT&T were to degrade my Netflix experience or, for that matter any ISP degrades anyone's experience, I would happily stand up to be counted as a Netflix supporter. US ISPs already provide subpar service and allowing them to become digital highwaymen will make the US Internet consumer Internet service even more of a joke than it already is.

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