theverge.com - 7 days ago
Comcast says it should be able to create internet fast lanes for self-driving cars
Comcast filed comments in support of the FCC’s plan to kill the 2015 net neutrality rules today.
And while pretty much everything in them is expected — Comcast thinks the rules are burdensome and hurt investment, yet it says it generally supports the principles of net neutrality — there’s one telling new quirk that stands out in its phrasing: Comcast now says it’s in support of a ban on “anticompetitive paid prioritization,” which is really a way of saying paid prioritization should be allowed. “The commission also should bear in mind that a more flexible approach to prioritization may be warranted and may be beneficial to the public,” Comcast says in its filing. The key qualification is “anticompetitive,” which is a term that could be interpreted in a lot of different ways depending on who’s defining it. In the past, ISPs have brought up medical uses to explain why paid prioritization could be a good thing, and Comcast does that again here. It suggests that a video chat service designed for people with hearing impairments would benefit from paying extra to deliver “sufficiently reliable quality” HD video so that viewers can see subtle motions in real time. Comcast is looking beyond websites for selling fast lanes Comcast doesn’t just see paid fast lanes being useful for medicine, however. It also thinks they might be fair to sell to automakers for use in autonomous vehicles.
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