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ACA Statement On Netflix’s Throttling Of Wireless Video Streaming Traffic

PITTSBURGH, March 25, 2016 - ACA President and CEO Matthew M. Polka issued the following statement in response to Netflix's admission of intentionally slowing down its streams for certain wireless customers:

"ACA has said all along that this Federal Communications Commission's approach to Net Neutrality is horribly one-sided and unfair because it leaves consumers unprotected from the actions of edge providers that block and throttle lawful traffic.  The FCC's disclosure rules also fall short by covering ISPs but allowing edge providers to affect consumers' Internet experience in the same ways that ISPs' actions can.  And now we see further evidence of these shortcomings in Netflix's confession that it has been engaging in covert video throttling to select groups of consumers.

"ACA is disappointed, but not surprised, that Netflix used its immunity from the FCC's Net Neutrality rules to engage in this practice.  Netflix has the ability and incentive to engage in this anti-consumer behavior notwithstanding its impact on the virtual cycle that promotes the broadband deployment sustaining Netflix's business model.  In light of this revelation, ACA calls on the FCC to initiate a Notice of Inquiry into the practices of edge providers and how these companies can threaten the openness of the Internet.  Under Section 706, the FCC has the authority to conduct such an inquiry and issue regulations, should it be deemed necessary."

About the American Cable Association: Based in Pittsburgh, the American Cable Association is a trade organization representing nearly 750 smaller and medium-sized, independent cable companies who provide broadband services for nearly 7 million cable subscribers primarily located in rural and smaller suburban markets across America.  Through active participation in the regulatory and legislative process in Washington, D.C., ACA's members work together to advance the interests of their customers and ensure the future competitiveness and viability of their business.  For more information, visit http://www.americancable.org/


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