Today in Connected Consumer

Now that the FCC is back up to its full complement of commissioners, following yesterday’s Senate confirmation of Ajit Pai and Jessica Rosenworcel, the agency has its full complement of commissioners, pressure is likely to build on the agency to enforce more aggressively the terms of the Comcast-NBC Universal merger. Senator Al Franken (D-MN) lost no time Monday, firing off a letter to both the FCC and the Justice Department, calling out Comcast’s “questionable compliance” with the terms of the agreement concerning placement of channels as well as Comcast’s favorable treatment of its own streaming video services versus competing services. Criticism of Comcast is likely to grow louder, in fact, thanks to posts like this one from Mixed Media Labs CTO Bryan Berg, (h/t Stacey Higginbotham), who ferreted out Comcast’s selective re-setting of priority-classification codes in packets originating from competing streaming services compared to how it treats packets from its own Xfinity service. Streaming Media’s Dan Rayburn reported similar findings in a post on Monday. No official response yet to Franken’s letter from the FCC or Justice.