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No One Is Neutral On Title II


Editor’s Note: Albert Lai is the CTO of Media at Brightcove.

The FCC recently voted to reclassify high-speed Internet service under Title II of the Telecommunications Act. This effectively treats the Internet as a public service. In a simplistic sense, this enables the FCC to regulate in such a manner as to prevent the paid prioritization or the blocking of content – issues linked to the public advocacy of net neutrality. While the fundamental tenets of net neutrality are sound, criticism of its enforcement through a government entity has been in high gear.

My previous statements about the Pay TV ecosystem still hold true. Through both public forums and changing consumption behaviors, consumers have been persistent about their desire – nay, demand – for accessing video content on their terms.

Consumers have little patience or care for content windowing and how that affects distribution rights and availability; consumers simply…

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