Today in Connected Consumer

Was Comcast merely trying to provide Xbox Live users with optimal service by relying on its own CDN to deliver its cable service to the Xbox and not counting those bits against subscribers’ broadband data cap, or was it acting anti-competitively by favoring its own bits over those of over-the-top competitors like Netflix and Hulu? That question is threatening to become the fulcrum of renewed battle over net neutrality and network management practices generally. My GigaOM colleague Stacy Higginbotham provides an excellent overview of the legal and regulatory issues at stake and how the FCC’s net neutrality regulations left the door open for precisely the sort of dispute now flaring over Comcast’s Xbox integration. With Republicans in the House trying to strip the FCC of its ability to pass new regulations, however, its unclear whether the agency will want to revisit the issue.