Netflix rails against AT&T's proposed data cap plans

Netflix (Nasdaq: NFLX) is giving its two cents on AT&T's (NYSE: T) newly announced data cap plan for its DSL users, arguing that such moves are "anti-consumer."

Netflix certainly has an axe to grind as it continues to expand its video delivery services to the web. Video services like Netflix will drive the majority of new broadband service use.  

Even though AT&T says that the new caps will affect less than 2 percent of its user base, Steve Swasey, a Netflix spokesman, told The Hill in a recent article that AT&T is "moving in the absolute opposite direction from what consumers want."

Interestingly, Netflix is facing a similar situation in Canada.

Having launched its online video service last fall, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has proposed a set of regulations that would allow the country's incumbent operators such as Bell Canada to impose usage based billing on its wholesale competitive ISP customers.  

For more:
- The Hill has this article

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