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Comcast has announced that its online video service on the Xbox 360 and TiVo will be exempted from its own data cap – a cap that applies to all other online video services. Today, Public Knowledge filed a petition demanding that the FCC enforce its merger conditions that prohibited these types of arrangements.
The following can be attributed to Michael Weinberg, Vice President, Institute for Emerging Innovation at Public Knowledge:
“Comcast is doing exactly what opponents of its merger with NBC-Universal feared: using its internet business to protect its pay-TV business. Exempting its own online video services from the data caps that apply to every other online activity creates an unfair advantage.
The FCC has an obligation to enforce its merger conditions and make it clear that Comcast cannot use its control over consumers’ internet connection to protect its pay television business. Real competition in online video requires everyone to be on a level playing field.”
The petition can be found here: http://www.publicknowledge.org/comcast-xbox-data-caps-petition