It's been three weeks since Netflix
"Comcast no longer following net neutrality principles," he wrote at the time. "Comcast should apply caps equally, or not at all."
His comment was based on his own experience as a Comcast subscriber. He was using his Xbox to stream Netflix, Hulu, Time Warner's
Well, it may get even murkier than that.
Streaming Media Blog's Dan Rayburn now claims to have proof that Comcast is prioritizing Internet traffic for Xfinity to the detriment of Hastings' company and every other third-party streaming provider.
"Based on details I have gotten from those who have looked at how packets are marked on their home broadband connections provided by Comcast, packets are in fact being marked with Quality of Service tags," he writes, pointing out how media files from Xfinity are being marked as high priority while streaming media from MLB, Hulu, Netflix, and others are being tagged as having low priority. Even though the non-Xfinity traffic is originating from the servers hosted by Level 3
This is a smoking gun, though it's not necessarily loaded. The intent is there to treat non-Xfinity streams as second-class netizens, but until we get verified reports that Comcast is deliberately slowing down third-party streams during peak usage periods we can't tag the country's largest cable provider as being officially evil.
Right now it's just a matter of leaving Comcast with some serious explaining to do.
If the answers don't add up, then we have a smoking pitchfork.
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