So by your logic, everyone that uses Comcast internet is stealing it? Do people not pay a monthly bill to Comcast or any other ISP that they use? And of that monthly bill we really get crap speeds for the price. For $70 a month I should be getting 100 mbps up and down.That's sounds like a very good business plan on the part of Comcast...start making the freeloaders, like Netflix and Google and Amazon Hulu and Youtube, and their subscribers, pay to use the billions of dollars of network infrastructures they are saturating...and not the average Joe who uses the Internet responsibly by paying the cable company and local franchise authority to stream video. If I were the FCC, I would approve this merger and, at the same time, request Congress pass legislation requiring A La Carte and other consumer friendly measures.
As a Cable/Telecom shareholder, I'm outraged at the lengths Netflix and their gaggle of freeloaders will go to protect their free-ride. I just hope Verizon and AT&T start throttling the hell out of these freeloaders until they pay their fair share of the network bills. Netflix accounts for nearly 30% of Internet traffic and they, and their customers, are certainly not paying 30% of the bills. I have no problem with NetFlix and Amazon users paying a $1 surcharge for each full-length movie they stream.
And they will keep charging more as people continue to drop traditional cable for internet service only. They don't want to lose that cash cow that is cable service. No matter how hard Comcast tries they won't kill off Netflix. The scales have tipped to far now that there is no going back.riffjim has madr it clear in other threads that he does not use/ have online video services like Netflix, so I guess that in his mind no one else needs these services since he does not use them.
I also pay extra for broadband, since I always went above the 300 GB data cap limit at my 50/10 Blast service, I upgraded to the Extreme 105/20 service to get the 600GB data caps, I pay a extra $30 a month for that since most of my TV watching is online.