Netflix: We Support Title II

Responds To CFO Comments At Financial Conference
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Title II opponents were buzzing Wednesday over the news that Netflix, which had pushed for strong network neutrality rules, apparently did not mean Title II strong. Not so, said Netflix.

At a technology and media conference sponsored by Morgan Stanley, Netflix CFO David Wells said that the company was "probably not" pleased that stronger net neutrality rules morphed into Title II, according to a report in Variety.

Netflix has been more focused on insuring the new order included interconnection, which it did, while always maintaining it wanted strong Internet protections overall. But it has also supported Title II as a way to achieve that.

Asked about Wells' comments, a company spokesperson reiterated its support for the FCC action.

"Netflix supports the FCC's action last week to adopt Title II in ensuring consumers get the Internet they paid for without interference by ISPs," said the spokesperson. "There has been zero change in our very well-documented position in support of strong net neutrality rules."

Asked if that meant the report was wrong or Wells was wrong, the spokesperson said they had not seen the transcript, that as they understood it, "David was trying to convey how our position evolved over time from preferring an industry solution to recognizing the need for a regulatory one."

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