Comcast Agrees With President About No Paid Priority

Comcast agrees with the President on network neutrality principles, including no paid prioritization, no blocking, no throttling, and more transparency, and says that is its practice now.

In a blog posting Tuesday (Nov. 11), Comcast EVP David Cohen said it may be a surprise to many, but that is Comcast's position, including supporting strong rules to enforce that.

What it does not support is using Title II reclassification, a point it made soon after the President's YouTube video announcement that he was all in for Title II as the best way to prevent paid prioritization and insure an open Internet.

Comcast says Title II would threaten the top four ISP's $6.6 billion investment in infrastructure. "It is simply indisputable that Title II would put these significant investments in jeopardy and diminish innovation and job creation as a direct result," said Cohen.

Comcast is subject to the FCC's Open Internet order rules, even the ones thrown out earlier this year by the court, because the FCC made them conditions of the NBCU deal.

"In sum, we unequivocally support rules that put in place the necessary protections of transparency, no blocking, non-discrimination rules, and no "fast lanes" – but there is no upside gained by imposing Title II reclassification as a way to put these protections in place, only substantial risk of harm," said Cohen.

John Eggerton

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.