The streaming company retweeted its care for the Internet Association’s Friday announced it would “interrupt in a judicial action to save net neutrality protections.” The IA plans on shoving back against the FCC’s choice last month to pull back Obama-era laws that blocked internet providers from blocking a path to particular sites, as well as formulating paid “fast lanes” to view content.
“In 2018, the Internet is united in defense of #NetNeutrality,” retweeted the Netflix account. “For the FCC, we will see you in court.”
In the retweeted communication, IA President and CEO Michael Beckerman said the choice, spearheaded by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, hurts customers and startups.
“The final version of Chairman Pai’s rule, as suspected, dismantles mass net neutrality protections for consumers. This rule challenges the will of a bipartisan majority of Americans and fails to conserve a free and open internet,” said Beckerman in the post. “IA reserves to act as an intervenor in judicial action into this order and, along with our member associations, will continue our push to restore strong, enforceable net neutrality protections within a legislative solution.”
As The News pointed out, Netflix and its chief exec, Reed Hastings, have sent mixed signs on net neutrality in recent years. In a 2014 blog post, Hastings presented the case for “strong net neutrality,” pushing back versus “internet trolls” that approached the internet’s standing as a “platform for progress.” At the time, the streaming heavyweight had been pushing with Comcast — with Netflix finally agreeing to pay the company for “faster and more reliable access” to its customers.
But as Netflix, behind shows like “Stranger Things” and “House of Cards,” proceeded to infiltrate shelters across the globe, its tone changed. Hastings said net neutrality wasn’t the company’s “primary battle” last May because the corporation was “big enough to get the deals we want.” Netflix’s support for the IA which includes Amazon, Facebook, and Google among its members symbolizes it sees the FCC’s decision as a battle worth fighting.