Light Reading

Netflix Cranks Up the Net Neutrality Heat

Jeff Baumgartner
LR Cable News Analysis
Jeff Baumgartner
5/10/2012
50%
50%

Here's what's pushing cable's buttons today.

  • Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX) complained to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) staffers this week that broadband caps are unfair to over-the-top video services. Netflix coupled its verbal argument with a slideshow titled "A Level Playing Field for Video" that points the finger at three service provider applications that are exempt from broadband consumption caps: Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK)'s Xfinity TV on Xbox 360, AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T)'s U-verse TV on Xbox 360, and Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC)'s iPad application. It goes on to outline a range of services that are subject to caps, including MLB.tv, Hulu Plus, Sony Corp. (NYSE: SNE)'s Crackle and, of course, Netflix.

    Comcast has already argued that its app for the game console should be exempt because it's delivered over the MSO's private IP network and that it views the Xbox 360 as just another set-top box. The FCC's current rules do exempt managed video and voice services delivered over IP. (See Netflix CEO Keeps Whining About Comcast and Comcast's Xbox App Raises Net Neutrality Concerns.)

  • Arris Group Inc. (Nasdaq: ARRS) will show off a Docsis 3.0 voice gateway with on-board Wi-Fi and Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA) that can bond 16 downstream channels -- twice the downstream of current-generation D3 modems -- at The Cable Show in Boston. When fully loaded, the device, called the Touchstone Telephony Gateway TG1672 [Ed note: Sexy!], can provide downstream bursts of about 640 Mbit/s. Also on tap, the Media Services Platform MSP2800, a high-density edge QAM with Converged Cable Access Platform (CCAP) "migration ability" that's come out of its recent acquisition of BigBand Networks Inc. (See Arris/BigBand Could Resurrect Modular CCAP .)

  • Motorola Mobility LLC shipped 19,821 downstream cable modem termination system (CMTS) channels in the first quarter along with 26,852 upstream ports, improving from the 12,013 downstreams and 11,252 upstreams it shipped in the year-ago quarter. Despite the gain, Moto will likely remain a distant third in CMTSs behind Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) and Arris. (See Cisco, Harmonic Rule Cable Access in Q3 .)

  • Mediacom Communications Corp. lost 5,000 video subscribers in the first quarter, narrowing the loss of 9,000 in the year-ago quarter, giving it a total of 591,000. The now privately held MSO also added 15,000 high-speed Internet customers and 6,000 phone subs, compared to 7,000 and 1,000, respectively, a year earlier.

    — Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable



    (4)  | 
    Comment  | 
    Print  | 
  • Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
    msilbey
    50%
    50%
    msilbey,
    User Rank: Blogger
    12/5/2012 | 5:33:30 PM
    re: Netflix Cranks Up the Net Neutrality Heat


    The problem with the debate around Comcast's "managed IP" video network is that people are making arguments without understanding a lot of the context. And unfortunately, the cable industry seems perfectly happy to sit back and let people debate in ignorance. The situation isn't black and white, but the nuances are difficult to explain - more so when Comcast won't clarify exactly how it's doing what it's doing. 


    Should Comcast be able to deliver video to the Xbox without having it count toward caps? Probably. It's Comcast's pipe, and guess what, all cable TV is going to be delivered over IP eventually. But then how much bandwidth should Comcast be allowed to use for its managed service versus how much should it have to dedicate to Internet service? And what about that prioritizing in the last mile? If the managed service is competing for bandwidth over the same channels as Internet traffic - instead of over a dedicated QAM channel - should it be allowed to get priority delivery? At the very least, we should know if there are any boundaries here.


    But we don't know. And we probably won't know any time soon. 

    Jeff Baumgartner
    50%
    50%
    Jeff Baumgartner,
    User Rank: Light Beer
    12/5/2012 | 5:33:29 PM
    re: Netflix Cranks Up the Net Neutrality Heat
    Some more transparency of what's going on would be helpful, though I doubt that it would douse the network neutrality flames. A lot of details about the earlier P2P situation didn't come to light until after the FCC probed it. JB
    gtchavan
    50%
    50%
    gtchavan,
    User Rank: Light Beer
    12/5/2012 | 5:33:24 PM
    re: Netflix Cranks Up the Net Neutrality Heat


    Have you all noticed that Google regularly violates net neutrality on its Youtube site?  Some videos will take for ever to load and continously interrupted by slow data while others that have ads have plenty bandwidth.  Doesn't Net Neutrality have to go with all content?

    paolo.franzoi
    50%
    50%
    paolo.franzoi,
    User Rank: Light Beer
    12/5/2012 | 5:33:19 PM
    re: Netflix Cranks Up the Net Neutrality Heat


    Google is not a carrier in most instances. 


    seven


     

    Educational Resources
    sponsor supplied content
    Educational Resources Archive
    Flash Poll
    From The Founder
    Anshul Sadana answers questions from Steve Saunders, Light Reading's founder and CEO, about Arista's CloudVision, a global cloud network controller for workload orchestration and workflow automation delivering a turnkey solution for cloud networking.
    Live Streaming Video
    CLOUD / MANAGED SERVICES: Prepping Ethernet for the Cloud
    Moderator: Ray LeMaistre Panelists: Jeremy Bye, Leonard Sheahan
    Between the CEOs
    Video Exclusive With Basil Alwan, Alcatel-Lucent

    7|24|15   |   26:44   |   (4) comments


    Basil Alwan, President of IP Routing & Transport at Alcatel-Lucent, discusses virtualization, cultural challenges, the capex crunch and more with Light Reading founder and CEO Steve Saunders.
    LRTV Custom TV
    VDF: Enable the Financial With Mobile Money

    7|20|15   |   06:53   |   (0) comments


    Ian Ravenscroft discusses how operators can expand to occupy the entire digital services value chain through service innovation.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Telefónica on OSS Transformation

    7|20|15   |   06:01   |   (0) comments


    Jose Gonzales discusses the details of Telefónica's operation transformation program.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Judi Achmadi on Huawei's Cloud Storage Solution

    7|20|15   |   03:33   |   (0) comments


    Judi discusses the key business goals of TelekomSigma's public cloud service and how Huawei's solution helps them address challenges.
    LRTV Custom TV
    KPN Enlightening Digital Business & IT Transformation

    7|20|15   |   06:19   |   (0) comments


    Rob de Beer discusses the changes that operators need to make with service innovation now coming from the Internet world.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Stratus Telco-Grade Cloud Solutions & NFV

    7|20|15   |   07:34   |   (0) comments


    Ali Kafel from Stratus Technologies addresses high-availability concerns within the telco industry with a solution that enables telcos to provide high-availability and stateful fault-tolerance using a software-based approach.
    LRTV Documentaries
    The Six Million Dollar Business Man

    7|20|15   |   01:52   |   (0) comments


    Steve Saunders, publisher. A man barely alive after an acquisition malfunction imploded the company he founded. Gentlemen, we can rebuild Light Reading. Better, faster, stronger.
    Between the CEOs
    CEO Chat With Anukool Lakhina, Guavus

    7|20|15   |   38:51   |   (1) comment


    Guavus CEO Anukool Lakhina talks to Light Reading founder and CEO Steve Saunders about the role of operational analytics in the communications services and networking sectors, particularly in relation to IoT.
    LRTV Custom TV
    IBM's Flash Storage With Intel QuickAssist

    7|20|15   |   03:18   |   (0) comments


    Intel's Bev Crair and IBM's Eric Herzog discuss how IBM's V9000 Flash Storage System has helped customers around the world. Featuring real-time compression powered by Intel QuickAssist Technology, the V9000 is a next-gen flash storage solution.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Thailand's AIS: Transforming to an FMC Operator

    7|17|15   |   4:53   |   (0) comments


    Saran Phaloprakarn, Senior VP of Fixed Broadband Business Management of Thailand's AIS, was a keynote speaker at the first Asia-Pacific Ultra Broadband Summit in Bangkok. In this video, he talks to Heavy Reading about transforming into an FMC (FBB+MBB+Content) operator.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Cambodia's TRC Discusses Its Plans for National Broadband

    7|17|15   |   10:33   |   (0) comments


    In this video, Chakyra Moa, Chairman of Telecommunication Regulator of Cambodia (TRC), talks in in-depth with Heavy Reading about the Cambodia's current telecom market and TRC's goals and expectations for the future.
    LRTV Documentaries
    5G Phone

    7|16|15   |   2:09   |   (4) comments


    A man has an opportunity to purchase the world's first working 5G phone. Imagine the possibilities...
    Upcoming Live Events
    September 16-17, 2015, The Westin Galleria Dallas, Dallas, TX
    September 16, 2015, The Westin Galleria Dallas, Dallas, TX
    September 16, 2015, The Westin Galleria Dallas, Dallas, TX
    September 29-30, 2015, The Westin Grand Müchen, Munich, Germany
    October 14-15, 2015, New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, LA
    November 5, 2015, Hilton Santa Clara, Santa Clara, CA
    December 1, 2015, The Westin Times Square, New York City
    All Upcoming Live Events
    Infographics
    Network operators start seeing savings from NFV in the first year, according to a study by Affirmed Networks and ACG.
    Hot Topics
    AT&T U-verse TV Hits the Skids
    Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, 7/24/2015
    Robbins Succeeds Chambers as Cisco Changes CEOs
    Mitch Wagner, West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading, 7/27/2015
    Easing the Tech Pains for the Homeless
    Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 7/28/2015
    RJio to Launch Its Own 4G Devices Brand
    Gagandeep Kaur, Contributing Editor, 7/27/2015
    Like Us on Facebook
    Twitter Feed
    September 22, 2015
    Media Begins With “Me”
    Webinar Archive
    BETWEEN THE CEOs - Executive Interviews
    Basil Alwan, President of IP Routing & Transport at Alcatel-Lucent, discusses virtualization, cultural challenges, the capex crunch and more with Light Reading founder and CEO Steve Saunders.
    Guavus CEO Anukool Lakhina talks to Light Reading founder and CEO Steve Saunders about the role of operational analytics in the communications services and networking sectors, particularly in relation to IoT.
    Cats with Phones
    Distract-a-Cat Click Here
    The vibrate function makes for a useful cat distraction.