And the new plan sounds pretty grand. The relaunched Joost will create "the world's largest video platform effective immediately," Adconion boasted, noting that the resulting service will feature in-stream and in-banner video advertising.
Those facts weren't lost on net neutrality advocates, with the Media Access Project 's Andrew Schwartzman arguing that "Verizon has made a blatant attempt to locate its challenge in a favorable appeals court forum." (See MAP: Verizon Appeal Uses 'Bizarre Legal Theory'.)
Franken, who made the comments Tuesday, and just before the feds stamped the deal, claimed Netflix "represents the first real competition they [cable] have seen in a long time. They're not stupid; they want to shut it down."
— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable