suraj.sun writes "Netflix, the Web's hottest video rental service, is worried that bandwidth providers could abuse their position as the gatekeepers of Internet access to hamstring competing Web-video distributors.
As the Federal Communications Commission continues to consider proposals for Net neutrality regulations, Netflix recently asked the agency ( http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/ecfs/document/view?id=7020378777 ) to adopt rules that protect Web video fans from anti-competitive practices.
"Network operators control the delivery pipes and generate significant revenue from content that travels over those pipes," Netflix wrote to the FCC. These operators "provide both the means and motive for discriminating against new ventures that might threaten revenue sources of the network operators."
Netflix's comments to the FCC, first reported by The Washington Post ( http://voices.washingtonpost.com/posttech/2010/02/netflixs_main_business_--_dvds.html ) on Monday, is a signal that the company sees a showdown coming with Comcast, Time Warner, and other broadband providers over the distribution of online video.
In comments to the FCC, Netflix wrote: "There is substantial discrimination and consumer harm if a network operator uses its ownership affiliation with a (studio or TV network) or even its bulk buying leverage with a video content provider, to deny attractive programming to a competing online video service."
The "ownership affiliation" that Netflix is obviously referring to is Comcast's proposed merger with NBC Universal.
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