Netflix to Wheeler: “We were only kidding!”

March 5, 2015

Randolph J. May

The Free State Foundation

Please see the Variety story, “Netflix Now Says It Didn’t Actually Want FCC to Regulate Broadband So Heavily,” with this report:

“On Wednesday, Netflix chief financial officer David Wells, speaking at the 2015 Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference, said the company wasn’t happy with the FCC move. He said that, while the streaming-video company wanted to see “strong” net neutrality measures to ensure content providers would be protected against ISPs charging arbitrary interconnection fees, Netflix would have preferred a lighter regulatory touch.

“Were we pleased it pushed to Title II? Probably not,” Wells said at the conference. “We were hoping there would be a non-regulated solution.”

Are you kidding me? Or was Netflix kidding FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler?

Everyone knows that Netflix was a leading — if not the leading — proponent of Title II regulation.

This must be a storyline for a very bad Netflix movie — I don’t know whether it’s a comedy or a tragedy.

Thank the good Lord that the Commission always reserves “editorial privileges” to revise, even substantially, its orders before public release. Maybe there’s time to rewrite the whole nightmare scenario!

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