Comcast to stop charging for Internet in states that don’t allow it
Comcast said it will stop charging new Internet customers in states where it doesn’t have an equivalent service.
Comcast said in a statement that it has been the subject of a series of lawsuits that allege that it violates net neutrality rules by not allowing companies like Netflix and Hulu to charge more for access to its own streaming video service.
In states that currently don’t require Internet providers to offer their own content, Comcast will no longer be charging its customers more for their Internet service, Comcast said.
Comms announcement came less than a week after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a new rule that would require broadband providers to provide their own video services.
But the rule doesn’t require ISPs to charge consumers more for video services, but it does require them to provide customers with more choices, including video-on-demand services, as well as broadband internet.
The rule also bars ISPs from blocking content, slowing down internet speeds, or charging higher prices for certain types of data.
Comcast’s announcement comes just days after a new FCC ruling that would prevent it from blocking or slowing down certain types, like video-ON-demand.
However, Comcast isn’t stopping there.
“We’re committed to supporting our customers and our businesses,” Comcast said in its statement.
“The FCC has provided the broad framework for the next phase of the Internet ecosystem and we will continue to take the lead in the fight for a open Internet.”
The announcement comes as Comcast is working on a deal to acquire Time Warner Cable, a merger that would give the cable company control of about half of the U.S. cable market, and potentially expand its reach into more markets.
Comcast has said it’s willing to pay about $45 billion for Time Warner, according to Bloomberg.