Is Netflix Dead Without Net Neutrality?

Shares of Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX  ) were hit hard by a federal appeals court ruling that the FCC can no longer enforce net neutrality. Without net neutrality, Internet providers like Charter  (NASDAQ: CHTR  ) , Comcast  (NASDAQ: CMCSA  ) , and Verizon  (NYSE: VZ  ) will be able to start charging what they want for Internet speeds. This could spell disaster for companies that rely on fast Internet for streaming videos, like Netflix and Google  (NASDAQ: GOOGL  ) .

In this segment of the Motley Fool's consumer goods show, Consumer Countdown, CG analysts Michael Finarelli and Sean O'Reilly join host Mark Reeth to discuss the future for Netflix and Google, as well as what this week's ruling means for Internet providers, and which companies make for the best investments. 

What happens if cable companies can't capitalize on this ruling?
You know cable's going away. But do you know how to profit? There's $2.2 trillion out there to be had. Currently, cable grabs a big piece of it. That won't last. And when cable falters, three companies are poised to benefit. Click here for their names. Hint: They're not Netflix, Google, and Apple. 

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  • Report this Comment On January 19, 2014, at 9:32 AM, Sudre wrote:

    This is actually huge and not too many people are talking about it. Companys that make their money on cell phone calls will charge more for VOIP calls. Companys that charge for cable TV will hike up the price for ALL streaming video. Then both groups will hike up prices for both services when they realize the other is doing it.

    You are going to get an internet access bill for $200 each month with details on how many streaming Mbits you used. Plans will become based on Mbits used with different things costing more. Then there will be the unlimited plan for $200.

    It will be like going back to when there were long distances charges except instead of different places costing for money it will be different content.

    Video: $1 Mbit

    Facebook (because its popular) $.85 Mbit

    Music $.75 Mbit

    VOIP $.50 Mbit

    game download $.25 Mbit

    gaming (depending on popularity)

    Plus they will charge the provider extra AND the user. SO this place will pay more to run their business.

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