Netflix to give customers access to internet slow and slow broadband
Comcast has said it plans to roll out internet slow broadband to its customers in the US, as part of a broad spectrum of measures aimed at improving the quality of its internet service.
In a blog post published on Tuesday, the company said it would begin offering internet slow speeds to its US customers, and offer internet speeds up to 1Mbps in select cities.
The move is part of Comcast’s strategy to ensure its network is fast enough for streaming video services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, as well as a wider range of content such as video game consoles.
While many ISPs have rolled out their own internet slow services, Comcast has always offered its own internet speed to customers.
“The speed of our service is as important as any other factor to the performance of our networks,” Comcast said in a blogpost on Tuesday.
“Our network is the best in the industry, and as such, we know that it can deliver fast, reliable and high-quality internet access to our customers.”
Comcast is also rolling out its own broadband speeds to customers in areas where it offers internet speeds of 2Mbps or more.
In response to the announcement, the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said it was “committed to protecting consumers’ right to choose the best broadband service for them”.
“The FCC is reviewing the proposed rollouts of proposed fast broadband services,” FCC Chairwoman Mignon Clyburn said in the blogpost.
“We will work closely with industry and stakeholders to ensure that the Commission has the tools it needs to ensure fair and reasonable broadband access for consumers, including by requiring that all proposed broadband service offerings have strong consumer protections, and that consumers can choose a provider with reasonable speed.”‘
No guarantee’ of broadband speeds in USThe FCC’s move comes as the US has been hit by a wave of internet slow incidents.
Last week, for example, internet speeds were cut to as low as 0.8Mbps in parts of the country, with some internet service providers blaming the cuts on an internet outage.
On Tuesday, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said the agency would review whether the internet speed cap was appropriate for the internet in the United States.
“I have determined that broadband speeds are not a guarantee of broadband availability,” Pai wrote.
“It is my intention to review this matter further in the coming weeks.”