Critics say Netflix/Comcast deal dooms net neutrality

Online detractors insist the streaming agreement is a huge blow to the idea that no data should be given preferential treatment. That terms of the deal are under wraps only fuels that speculation.

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Net Neutrality died today. It’s been coughing up blood and guts – but today, it died.

— Doug Ellison (@doug_ellison) February 23, 2014

In January, a federal appeals court struck down the portion of the Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality rules mandating that Internet service providers treat all traffic equally. Some critics have said that has already led to the slowing of Netflix streaming speeds by its providers, including Verizon and Comcast. Now, critics are saying that the Comcast/Netflix agreement sets a precedent for whose traffic gets priority: the firms that can pay. However, Netflix’s press release states that it “receives no preferential network treatment under the multi-year agreement.”

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