Net Neutrality: Netflix over Time

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Netflix entered the Net Neutrality debate in March 2014 when Netflix CEO Reed Hastings blogged about how large ISPs were charging more for traffic from companies, such as Netflix, that incur heavy traffic. He claimed that these ISPs were artificially degrading traffic from specific companies in order to force them to upgrade and argued that this practice violated the principle of net neutrality <ref name=netflix_verge_article></ref>.

In April 2014, an FCC spokesperson told the National Journal that peering and interconnection were not under the authority of the FCC <ref></ref>.

In June 2014, John Oliver did a segment on Net Neutrality on The Daily Show, largely relying on data from Netflix, to encourage viewers to spam the FCC website. They responded and crashed the website. Companies, such as Netflix and their providers, continued to make their case through blog posts and private meetings in Washington D.C<ref name=netflix_verge_article />.

In February 2015, the FCC gained new authorities over interconnection:

"For the first time the commission would have authority to hear complaints and take appropriate enforcement action if necessary, if it determines the interconnection activities of ISPs are not just and reasonable, thus allowing it to address issues that may arise in the exchange of traffic between mass-market broadband providers and edge providers." <ref></ref>

The FCC continues to discuss interconnection on a case-by-case basis<ref name=netflix_verge_article />.