Comcast drops language ruling out paid Internet fast lane2017-11-28 14:13 by Daniela
Comcast is backing away from promises to treat all costumers equally if net neutrality rules change. Comcast says it will now reverse an earlier decision to not charge tolls for internet fast lanes.
Back in 2014 Comcast's top regulatory affairs executive David Cohen explicitly stated:
"To be clear, Comcast has never offered paid prioritization, we are not offering it today, and we're not considering entering into any paid prioritization creating fast lane deals with content owners".
However, these days the company released a statement in Twitter in which nothing was mentioned about paid prioritization also known as fast lanes.
"We do not and will not block, throttle, or discriminate against lawful content. We will continue to make sure that our policies are clear and transparent for consumers, and we will not change our commitment to these principles."
A favorite qualifier used by Comcast is "anticompetitive." Comcast "has committed not to block, throttle, or engage in anticompetitive paid prioritization," but has no problem with fast lanes that itself deems competitive in nature. That is to say, only exclusive agreements between third parties and Comcast would potentially be denied. Comcast may accept agreements for paid fast lanes if multiple groups put money on the table.
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