Netflix wants the FCC to eliminate data caps2016-09-13 16:33 by Daniela
Tags: Netflix, FCC
According to Sandvine, streaming video accounts for more than 70 percent of data usage. And as the largest supplier of streaming video in North America, Netflix has been against ISP policies that limit data usage.
The company has recently asked the Federal Communications Commission to pressure internet service providers to remove data caps.
In a filing to the FCC, Netflix referred to caps like those enforced by Comcast and other internet service providers as "an unnecessary constraint on advanced telecommunications capability."
Netflix seems to understand that some data limits are required to prevent users from overloading mobile networks, however the company does not like data caps that are too low, as they lead to less streaming over mobile connections.
"Data caps (especially low data caps) and usage based pricing ("UBP") discourage a consumer's consumption of broadband, and may impede the ability of some households to watch Internet television in a manner and amount that they would like. For this reason, the Commission should hold that data caps on fixed line networks and low data caps on mobile networks may unreasonably limit television viewing and are inconsistent with Section 706."
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