AT&T Exec Calls Netflix’s Reed Hastings “Arrogant” For Net Neutrality Post


AT&T just turned the high-stakes debate between Netflix and telecommunications companies into a name-calling food fight. AT&T Senior Executive Vice President of Legislative Affairs, James Cicconi, slammed Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, as “arrogant” for his support of stronger net neutrality laws.

Earlier this week, Hastings penned a strongly worded post calling for stronger federal support of laws that prevent Internet service providers from charging more for high-bandwidth services.

“Netflix believes strong net neutrality is critical, but in the near term we will in cases pay the toll to the powerful ISPs to protect our consumer experience. When we do so, we don’t pay for priority access against competitors, just for interconnection,” he wrote, in relation to the ongoing debate over the future of net neutrality and paid agreements between Netflix and Comcast.

Hastings argued that Netflix is taking up more global Internet bandwidth because it’s popular. His service is “satisfying…

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